Research focus

The health of our planet and the quality of life for future generations relies on our actions today. That’s why we place sustainability at the centre of all our research. Whether out in the field or harnessing state-of-the-art equipment in our labs, our world-leading environment and sustainability experts are helping to protect Australia’s vulnerable ecosystems from disease, rapid development and climate change.

As Victoria’s first regional university, we're helping deliver innovative research solutions for sustainable regional and rural development. On the land, in the sea or air, we’re committed to discovering solutions to our biggest environmental and sustainability challenges, creating positive social and economic outcomes for local and global citizens on the planet we call home.

Enabling a sustainable world

Our impact

Find out how our researchers are solving some of the most pressing climatic and ecological issues now facing our Earth.

Drone-users come to coastal rescue

A world-first initiative from Deakin University, where hundreds of citizen scientists have been mobilised and are using high-tech drones to help monitor Victoria’s coastline.

Building equitable partnerships with Indigenous people, starting with future bush fire management

Exploring the opportunities and challenges for expanded and enhanced collaborative natural hazard management.

Carbon treasure revealed at Great Barrier Reef

Queensland Blue seeks to secure the State’s blue carbon future by expanding carbon farming through the development of a new blue carbon market.

I hope that my research adds to our ability to balance human needs and environmental outcomes, and to understand how that balance may be affected under future climates.

Rebecca Lester

Director, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures

Featured researchers and leaders

Our world-class research teams are led by true innovators and experts in their fields. Discover what drives our researchers and what they hope to accomplish going forward.

Professor Rebecca Lester

Rebecca Lester is a Professor of Freshwater Ecology and the Director of the Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF) at Deakin University. Prof. Lester is working to develop a Basin-wide ecological response model, including investigating climate adaptation.

Professor Don Driscoll

Professor Don Driscoll is the Director of the Centre for the Integrative Ecology (CIE) at Deakin University. He is helping find solutions to counteract the significant pressures humans place on this earth.

Professor Peter Macreadie

Professor Peter Macreadie is leading research into a little-known but incredibly potent natural process to sequester carbon emissions.

Professor Samantha Hepburn

Professor Samantha Hepburn has made significant contributions to environmental law research, specialising in mining and energy regulation and policy.

Professor Euan Ritchie

Euan Ritchie is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. He has a deep passion for understanding, managing and protecting our remarkable ecosystems and wildlife.

Featured strategic research centres

Featured strategic research centres

Centre for Regional and Rural Futures (CeRRF)

CeRRF is a leader in innovative research solutions for sustainable regional and rural development. The centre’s key research areas include smarter technologies that improve regional and rural productivity, efficient water use, policies and projects that identify economic development opportunities and climate change solutions for regional areas.

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Faculty research

In addition to our institutes and research centres, Deakin’s four faculties contribute to research that’s enabling a sustainable world. Importantly, researchers within each faculty work together, fostering a collaborative approach to research that unlocks new angles, solutions and ways of thinking.

Visit each of our faculty pages to learn more about the projects, institutes and world-class researchers connected to each faculty.

Find out more about Deakin's research in enabling a sustainable world

Featured facility

Featured facility

Electromaterials facility

Located within Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials, the electromaterials facility is developing energy storage solutions that fast-track Australia’s transition to renewables. The centrepiece of the facility is the BatTRI-Hub, an open-access prototyping facility showcasing emerging energy storage technologies developed by our researchers and engineers.

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