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Research activity

Research activity

Our research is diverse, covering natural sciences, mathematics, physics, computer, security and technology. Our research aims to find positive solutions to real-world problems related to the environment and the way we live and work.

Research in the school is led by highly qualified, dedicated and internationally-recognised researchers, supported by state-of-the-art technology and strong links with industry and government to create research that makes a difference. Our researchers and facilities provide a supportive and rewarding experience for research students.

Strategic Research Institutes and Centres

ECU provides a strong research environment, allowing world-class research to create lasting impact for our communities.

Centre for People, Place and Planet

The vision of the Centre is to address and respond to global environmental change through theoretical, conceptual, and methodological innovation, and to build capacity to deliver transformational outcomes. Informed by principles of Indigenous knowledge and involvement, ecosystem approaches, human ecology, and social justice, our research will build evidence for changes to environmental practice and policy. Sustainable and effective research outcomes will align with the global Sustainable Development Goals, bringing our research to the world's stage.

ECU Security Research Institute

The Security Research Institute is one of ECU’s most vital research groups. The institute investigates issues in three main themes that deliver immediate and high impact outcomes in the areas of secure systems (SS), critical infrastructure security (CIS), and cyber enabled crime (CEC).

Centre for Integrative Metabolomics and Computational Biology

Centre for Integrative Metabolomics and Computational Biology is unique in that it is a metabolomics research facility led by a data scientist, rather than an analytical chemist or biologist. Within Australia, Professor Broadhurst is the only research leader in the field of metabolomics, with internationally recognised expertise in AI, data science, biostatistics, and chemometrics.

School-based research

The School of Science comprises of several research institutes and research centres. These include the following:


Research areas

Our research spans a range of broad disciplines, including:

The School is also home to a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • Environmental Radiochemistry;
  • Analytical Chemistry lab;
  • Others

Research brochure

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