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 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Deakin University published between 1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018 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.

58 13.96

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 26 7.80
Life Sciences 17 2.16
Physical Sciences 23 5.71
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.09

Highlight of the month

Stressed songbirds lose melody memory

© Picture by Tambako the Jaguar/Getty

© Picture by Tambako the Jaguar/Getty

Songbirds raised on a sparse diet struggle to learn the songs they need to survive.

Many birds learn special songs from their parents, or ‘tutors’, while fledglings, which they might need later in life to attract a mate. But stressful conditions in those early days could hamper brain development and learning capacity.

A team that included researchers from Deakin University raised zebra finches on a restricted diet. They then studied how the birds’ brains responded to hearing their tutor’s song in adulthood by observing the activities of two genes related to vocal recognition. The starved songbirds showed less brain activity on hearing their childhood tutor’s tune than their properly fed peers. They also struggled to remember new melodies the day after hearing them as adults.

This study highlights the risk of long-lasting effects of stressful early-life experiences.

Supported content

  1. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285, 20181270 (2018). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1270

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Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


Child first language and adult second language are both tied to general-purpose learning systems

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America


1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 43.01% Domestic
  • 56.99% 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.

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