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Research leaders appointed

Image of Professor John Olynyk, Professor Kerry Brown, Professor Paul Arthur and Tony Marceddo have been named Research Theme Leaders at ECU.

Professor John Olynyk, Professor Kerry Brown, Professor Paul Arthur and Tony Marceddo have been named Research Theme Leaders at ECU.

Four outstanding leaders will spearhead Edith Cowan University’s world-class research as the University focuses its strategic areas of strength.

The Research Theme Leaders will drive research excellence across the four themes of Health, Natural and Built Environments, Society and Culture and Securing Digital Futures.

ECU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Caroline Finch AO said ECU is already globally renowned for our world-class research across these key research areas.

“These appointments represent an important step in focusing the University’s research across disciplines in alignment with our strategic outlook,” she said.

“They will prioritise promotion of the excellence and relevance of our University’s research as well as engagement and collaboration with government, industry and research partners to ensure our research is contributing to improving the lives of Australians and communities around the world.”

“Now, more than ever, it’s important that universities and researchers demonstrate value to those communities.”

The four Research Theme Leaders are:

They will ensure that ECU researchers produce world-class research excellence, promote and facilitate cross-disciplinary engagement, energise and the research community enhance national and international research collaborations , engage with government and industry, and drive the best positioning of ECU for external partnerships and help ensure a consistent strong external public profile for our research.

Research Themes

ECU’s Research Themes were announced in 2019 and will enable research focus and excellence across the University.


Our research on the prevention, detection and management of disease and injury transcends medical practice, driving health outcomes and quality of life at a global scale.

Natural and Built Environments

Our research leverages Western Australia’s distinctive geography to understand, harness, build and protect environments for sustaining people, place and planet.

Society and Culture

Australia as a progressive and diverse nation is facing societal change on a national and global scale. Research at ECU will guide this progress. Our research impacts and supports social change through ensuring diversity, creativity, cultural identity, education, personal and organisational success and social justice.

Securing Digital Futures

In no other field is change occurring more rapidly than it is in the digital domain. It is impacting every aspect of human existence at an exponential pace and so it’s absolutely vital that we closely examine those impacts. Our research is doing just that and is enabling a safe, secure, productive and enterprising digital environment.

For more information visit ECU’s research webpages.


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