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 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC 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.

43 12.11 12.03

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Chemistry 18 6.96 6.96
Earth & Environmental Sciences 4 0.68 0.68
Life Sciences 20 5.01 5.01
Physical Sciences 8 0.61 0.53

Highlight of the month

Sea turtle numbers far smaller than estimated

© Katherine Sirignano/Eye Em/Getty

© Katherine Sirignano/Eye Em/Getty

Marine turtle numbers may be overestimated by a factor of two, according to a new study.

With five of the world’s seven sea turtle species listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable, accurate population estimates are crucial for the management of their numbers. Estimates of numbers have traditionally been based on counting tracks left on beaches by females emerging from the water to nest, which are extrapolated to calculate population size.

An international team, including a researcher from Deakin University, satellite tagged female green turtles on beaches on the Indian Ocean’s Diego Garcia Island. After two seasons of tracking, the team concluded that previous population estimates for these turtles have been overestimated by a factor of two. The research is in agreement with recent studies that have reported similar overestimations of other sea turtle populations.

Supported content

  1. Proc. R. Soc. B 284, 20162581 (2017). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2581

View the article on the Nature Index

1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 50.31% Domestic
  • 49.69% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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