Research

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Thematic priorities

UNE is dedicated to identifying and delivering innovations of value to society and industry, in Australia and internationally, with a particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary research. We seek solutions to complex problems in rural and regional Australia. Our research involves interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations and is underpinned by five thematic research priorities:

  • Australia's future food and water security: smart science, smart technology
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability: protecting biodiversity, effective policies
  • Health and wellbeing in rural communities: social exclusion, health inequity, mental health, social policy
  • Our communities, our neighbours: regional and rural development, sustainability, prosperity and peace
  • Our past, present and future: Australia's history, memory, identity, protection and promotion of cultural heritage.
Research Plan 2016–2020

Our vision

Regionally based and globally connected, UNE will be known throughout the world for the quality of its on‐campus student experience, the accessibility and flexibility of its distance education, and its focus on research that is of particular significance to rural and regional communities. UNE aims to be the nation's university of choice for research into regional issues of global significance.

The UNE Research Plan 2016–2020 primarily responds to the University's aspiration 'to achieve international distinction in all our specialist fields of research'.

Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural landscape

As a multi-disciplinary field, Agricultural Science research at UNE encompasses areas including Agronomy, Biological Science, Agricultural productivity, Law, Economics, and Social Sciences.

UNE's SMART Farm serves as a test-site for researching new technologies, including broadband connectivity in an effort to improve productivity, environmental sustainability, safety, workflow and social/business support networks on Australian farms.

Thematic priorities

  • Australia's future food and water security; smart science, smart technology
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability: protecting biodiversity, effective policies
  • Our communities, our neighbours: regional and rural development, sustainability, prosperity and peace.

Current activities

Biological Sciences

UNE's research into Biological Science integrates interdisciplinary projects within the fields of biology, bio-ethics, zoology, micro organisms, plant and human fields of science.

Thematic priorities

  • Australia's future food and water security: smart science, smart technology
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability: protecting biodiversity, effective policies.

Current activities

Earth Sciences

Environmental science research 

UNE researchers are conducting multi-disciplinary research into the sciences that include investigations in soil study, geochemistry and climate change.

Thematic priorities

  • Australia's future food and water security; smart science, smart technology
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability; protecting biodiversity, effective policies.

Current activities

Education and Human Society

Regional & Rural Innovations

Education and humanities research

UNE's interdisciplinary research into Education explores innovative ways of teaching with a focus on online communication technologies. Our objective is to enable the up-skilling of people from a broad range of backgrounds. Our researchers collaborate with national and international colleagues.

Thematic priorities

  • Australia's future food and water security: smart science, smart technology
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability: protecting biodiversity, effective policies
  • Health and wellbeing in rural communities: social exclusion, health inequity, mental health, social policy
  • Our past, present and future; Australia's regional history, regional memory, regional identity; protection and promotion of cultural heritage
  • Our communities, our neighbours; regional and rural development, sustainability, prosperity and peace.

Current activities

Environmental Sciences

Environmental science research 

Our Environmental Science research focuses on diversity and fosters partnerships with agencies, businesses and community groups.

Thematic priorities

  • Australia's future food and water security: smart science, smart technology
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability: protecting biodiversity, effective policies
  • Health and wellbeing in rural communities: social exclusion, health inequity, mental health, social policy.

Current activities

Fibre-enabled technology projects

UNE has embraced the National Broadband Network (NBN) to illustrate how emerging communication technologies can enable environments of learning and research that are relevant, enriching, and value-add to people's lives and the nation's wealth.

Fibre technology is playing an important role in everyday living and how people choose to transmit information and communicate with each other.  Academia is also using the power of fast speed broadband to partner with organisations and individuals in their communities at local, national and international levels. 

Our projects are relevant to people across the lifespan — from school kids who require support for maths literacy, to adults who are seeking to improve their employment options, to grandparents who require support with living independently in their homes, and to clinicians who want to take advantage of the tele-health opportunities that will change how health care is delivered in the future.

Our projects are collaborations with other universities, the CSIRO, governments at local, state and federal levels, professional and community organisations — such as schools, workplace organisations, clinicians, aged care providers.

Humanities and Creative Arts Research
Mathematical and Computational Sciences

UNE researchers are developing theoretical techniques through analytical, topological and algebraic tools and applying the results to seek solutions to problems arising from a wide range of areas including — geometry and natural sciences (biology, chemistry, ecology, physics and rural sciences). 

Thematic priority

  • Climate change and environmental sustainability: protecting biodiversity, effective policies
  • Our communities, our neighbours: regional and rural development, sustainability, prosperity and peace.

Current activities

Medical and Health Sciences

Medical and health researchers

Our interdisciplinary health and medical research represents a range of disciplines: biomedical sciences; stress and depression; social work; mental health; clinical and health psychology.

Thematic priorities

  • Health and wellbeing in rural communities: social exclusion, health inequity, mental health, social policy
  • Our communities, our neighbours: regional and rural development, sustainability, prosperity and peace.

Current research priorities