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Research areas of focus

Our practical, globally relevant research has earned national and international recognition. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes the greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally.

With a breadth of research options and excellent facilities, you can participate in high-impact collaborative research that aims to make tomorrow better.

Our research falls into four broad areas of focus:

  • minerals and energy

  • ICT and emerging technologies

  • health

  • sustainable development.

Minerals and energy

Our minerals and energy research programs are focused on maximising existing resources today and developing innovative energy solutions to meet the needs of tomorrow. Join us in solving real-world problems through fundamental and applied research in:

  • resource exploration, extraction and processing

  • development of new materials, energy sources and fuel technologies

  • mineral and energy economics and policy

  • impact of mining on remote communities.

The Resources and Chemistry Precinct at our main campus is a $116 million facility that brings together university, industry and government, supporting our research into biotechnology, chemistry, minerals, energy and resources.

ICT and emerging technologies

Our information communication technology (ICT) and emerging technologies research programs are broadly concerned with the use of technology to communicate and use information. Working with award-winning professors, you can help develop next-generation technology through research programs in:

  • spatial sciences

  • wireless telecommunications

  • digital humanities

  • e-business

  • e-health

  • digital ontologies.

Our ICT researchers are proudly leading a consortium of 13 institutions from four countries in developing the Murchison Wide-field Array (MWA) project through the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy. This project is an important precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an international project to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope.


We are the largest and most comprehensive provider of health sciences research in Western Australia. The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) Biosciences Research Precinct brings together scientists and researchers to uncover better methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of chronic conditions and lifestyle diseases, focusing on:

  • ageing

  • chronic disease

  • Indigenous health

  • mental health

  • population health.

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is one of the core issues facing the global community. Be part of the global solution by joining our sustainable development researchers in examining human interaction with natural and built environments, including:

  • social/cultural sustainability

  • urban design construction management

  • sustainable cities

  • climate change

  • biodiversity

  • sustainable tourism

  • food security

  • sustainable resource processing.

Many of our research groups work under the Australian Sustainable Development Institute (ASDI) umbrella, meaning you can be part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort to make tomorrow better.