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 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019 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.

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Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 19 2.01
Physical Sciences 19 4.35
Chemistry 19 4.47
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 0.27

Highlight of the month

No place like home for Komodo dragons

© Copyright (c) Richard Susanto/Getty

© Copyright (c) Richard Susanto/Getty

The seemingly formidable Komodo dragon may lack the courage to leave home.

Komodo dragons are the world’s biggest and most fearsome lizard, capable of devouring anything from deer to other dragons, yet their territories remain remarkably restricted.

A team that included researchers from Deakin University used GPS trackers to study Komodo movements on four Indonesian islands and found that they rarely ventured away from their birthplace. When the researchers moved several dragons many miles from their home, the gigantic reptiles all meandered back within a few months. However, dragons relocated to a neighbouring island did not attempt the return crossing, despite being strong swimmers. Dragon size differed distinctly between the islands, suggesting that adaptations to their environment would make moving home riskier.

This reluctance to roam has led to interbreeding, which could threaten the species as climate change and rising seas shrink their stomping grounds.

Supported content

  1. Proc. R. Soc. B 285, 20181829 (2018). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1829

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2018 - 31 July 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 39.94% Domestic
  • 60.06% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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