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 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

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

49 9.81 9.66

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 14 0.92 0.77
Chemistry 23 5.88 5.88
Life Sciences 17 3.69 3.69
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.16 0.16

Highlight of the month

Coral reef faces a tenuous future

© Luis Javier Sandoval/Stockbyte/Getty

© Luis Javier Sandoval/Stockbyte/Getty

The world’s second longest coral reef is critically endangered according to a new risk assessment.

Ecosystems worldwide are sensitive to both natural events and human activities. Coral reefs, for example, face a multitude of threats, from rising seas and hurricanes to overfishing and pollution. A team led by researchers from Deakin University assessed the health of the Meso-American Reef, which extends from Mexico to Nicaragua, using criteria from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Ecosystems. Factors included ecosystem size, function and degree of degradation. The team used their ‘Coral Reef Scenario Evaluation Tool’ to reconstruct the reef’s recent history and predict its future using different combinations of threats. The results reveal a high risk of coral bleaching that will be intensified by stronger hurricanes and increased pollution.

Identifying ecosystems whose collapse is imminent is crucial for global conservation efforts.

Supported content

  1. Proc. R. Soc. B 284, 20170660 (2017). doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0660

View the article on the Nature Index

See more research highlights from Deakin University

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Top articles by Altmetric score in current window

Extinction risk is most acute for the world’s largest and smallest vertebrates

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


Top predators constrain mesopredator distributions

Nature Communications


Improved color constancy in honey bees enabled by parallel visual projections from dorsal ocelli

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


1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 57.82% Domestic
  • 42.18% 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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