Deakin University


At Deakin University our researchers are making a positive impact on the lives and well-being of communities — not just in Australia, but around the world — through exceptional innovation and research.

Using our industry, government and institutional networks, we are building our global research footprint across four key themes, supported by four world-class Research Institutes and 13 Strategic Research Centres.

Improving health and wellbeing

Covering the broad spectrum of health, our research is helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of people and communities on a global scale. From medicine, ageing, chronic illness and disability, to nutrition, physical activity and child health, we're continually striving to uncover new frontiers through persistent curiosity and ground-breaking research.

Designing smarter technologies

Deakin is a world leader in carbon and short fibre, metals and steel research, electromaterials, corrosion, nanotechnology, composite materials and energy storage systems. Our open access carbon fibre/composite research facility, Carbon Nexus, is supporting the transition to advanced manufacturing, while engineering and IT researchers are providing robotics, simulation modelling and haptics solutions to clients across many sectors.

Enabling a sustainable world

Deakin leads one of the world’s most prestigious environmental and marine science research programs. Our scientists are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, from rapid development and from climate change. In the agricultural sphere, teams of experts are providing water management advice and designing smart solutions to global challenges such as food security, sustainable agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Advancing society and culture

Our research is helping to advance understanding of intercultural relations, politics, migration, racism and governance. In education, researchers are cultivating society and culture by informing policy across all educational sectors, with an emphasis on developing partnerships and working toward achieving equity and social justice. Our creative arts researchers are also breaking new ground, often at the intersection between research, art and technology.

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1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
86 18.36

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 26 3.10
1 0.05
1 0.20
A Dynamic Optical Signal in a Nocturnal Moth
1 0.43
1 0.06
6 0.18
6 0.59
1 0
2 0.22
1 0.33
5 0.84
1 0.20
Chemistry 40 12.14
Physical Sciences 28 6.15
Earth & Environmental Sciences 10 1.06

Highlight of the month

Gannets both consistent and flexible in their interactions

© Steve Clancy Photography/Getty

© Steve Clancy Photography/Getty

Seabirds are consistently social but vary their interactions depending on their environment and activity.

Seabirds gather in spectacular colonies, but it is unclear whether ensuing social bonds provide benefits or simply arise from dense colonial living. If this socialization is driven by mutual benefit rather than necessity, the birds should be gregarious even when looking for food away from the colony.

A study involving Deakin University researchers studied the social bonds of Australasian gannets, both in the colony and while foraging, and found that the birds socialized consistently in various activities, but particularly during foraging.

Ties between individual birds were flexible, but many associations occurred more often than chance alone would yield, suggesting they preferentially select their companions when conditions allow.

These findings offer insights into the extent animals go to maintain social ties, and hence the degree to which social associations benefit them.

Supported content

  1. Ecology Letters 23, 1085–1096 (2020). doi: 10.1111/ele.13507

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from Deakin University

More research highlights from Deakin University

1 June 2019 - 31 May 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 39.48% Domestic
  • 60.52% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

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