Emerging research strengths
In addition to these fields, which have developed from our long-term research investment in engineering, health and related sciences, we are maturing to a fully comprehensive research university. This is evidenced by the emergence of national leadership in fields such as social sciences, religion and religious studies, plant biology, geography and history.
These emerging strengths are strongly supported by initiatives within the New Directions Strategic Plan, and are central to our ambition for all academics at the University of Newcastle to excel at both research and teaching.
Indigenous Higher Education
The University promotes and encourages quality indigenous research activities which link research outcomes to our teaching curricula through the Wollotuka Institute. In the language of the Awabakal people, Umulliko means 'to create, to make, to do' and this forms the primary focus of research and training for the Wollotuka Institute. The Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Centre endeavours to invigorate a new pathway of research and researching training that is nationally relevant and of significant importance to Indigenous Australians.
Arts and Education
- Education - Educational Research Institute Newcastle (ERIN)
- Humanities - Humanities Research Institute
- Religion and Religious Studies - Group for Religious and Intellectual Traditions (GRIT)
- Social Sciences - Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing (RISIW)
Business and Law
Energy and the Environment
- Environment - The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment
- Infrastructure - Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR)
- Sustainability - Sustainable Use of Coasts and Catchments Research Group
Health and Medical
Science and Engineering
- Built Environment - Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER)
- Urban and Regional Studies - Centre for Urban and Regional Studies