Our research community is young, vibrant and collaborative with a track record of excellence in research performance.
We partner with industry, institutions and all levels of government to deliver innovative, high-quality research with real impact.
World-class research institutes collaborate and broaden knowledge to provide solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues.
Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute
A world-class facility for mental health and neurological research, teaching, advocacy and clinical services.
Forest Research Institute
Making direct and meaningful contributions to the sustainability of our wooded landscapes through the work of the Forest Industries Research Centre. Tropical Forests and People Research Centre and National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life
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USC's academics are available for comment on a range of topical issues.
Our research centres produce research of national and international significance.
Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems
Leading research capability in the areas of Human Factors, Sociotechnical Systems, and Systems thinking.
GeneCology Research Centre
Contributing to society through innovation in creating knowledge and solutions using bio-inspired approaches, to improve societal outcomes. We support our ecosystem through conservation of biodiversity and heritage.
Indigenous and Transcultural Research Centre
Research for, with and by Indigenous, migrant, refugee and culturally diverse communities.
USC has diverse research concentrations and clusters across a variety of specialised fields.
Seaweed Research Group
Diverse experts researching uses for seaweed to create positive economic, social and environmental impacts.
USC Road Safety Research Collaboration
A strategic collaboration between the Queensland Government, the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and USC.
Adolescent Risk Research Unit
Improving adolescent safety and understanding risk taking behavior. particularly on the road.
Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit
Understanding, preventing and responding to this complex problem, to reduce the extent and impacts of these crimes.
Detection Dogs for Conservation
Using detection dogs to protect Australia’s biodiversity.
Marine and Coastal Ecology
Research focused on ocean sciences and marine animal ecology.
Global Change Ecology Research Group
Research on the impacts of anthropogenic change on biodiversity and ecosystems.
Sustainability Research Centre
Helping regions transition towards sustainability.
Engage Research Cluster
Developing technologies such as computer games, social networking sites, apps and interactive experiences to find solutions to social issues.
Nutrition and Dietetics
Research in the discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine Group for Research Excellence.
Cyber Investigations and Forensics
Specialist training, research, commercialisation and community advocacy in cyber security.
Specialist facilities in key locations supports teaching and innovative, collaborative research.
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Latest research newsUSC Newsroom
New research on funnel-web spider toxin22 September
While funnel-web spider bites in Australia can be deadly, a scientist from USC Australia has helped discover that human deaths are simply an unfortunate side-effect of the spider’s strong self-defence system.
PhD student helps develop ‘bushfire scar’ model16 September
A USC researcher has helped develop a computer model that aims to predict how long a bushfire will burn and how much of the landscape it will consume.
Zebrafish research could unlock key to genetic defect in people15 September
Genetic research by a USC PhD graduate in England has used laboratory modelling in zebrafish to identify a key feature of a rare kidney disease in humans.