Institutes, centres and groups
Through our research focus on sustainable development, digital futures, developing communities and creative industries, we are dedicated to encouraging the type of globally aware innovative thinkers needed to impact the worlds in which we live.
The School of Design and the Built Environment leads in high-quality and globally significant research across the fields of digital and creative design, architecture and interior architecture, urban and regional planning, construction, project management, geography and spatial analysis. Students conduct research that addresses high-impact societal needs, critical technologies, the transformation of industry and evidence-based policy.
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute was established in January 2008, headed by Professor Peter Newman. The idea of “sustainability” in a wide range of human endeavour is a relatively new concept, but is rapidly becoming a key issue in public policy theory and practice.
The Centre focuses on developing leading research that integrates BIM with other advanced concepts and technologies to improve the performance and productivity of building projects in the energy, mineral and construction industries worldwide.
The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) offers a unique industry-government-research collaboration to improve Australia’s built environment industry.
Initiated in 2009 as a collaboration of Curtin University and the Department of Sport and Recreation WA, the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research (CSRR) is an independent advocacy and research centre that generates applied research to inform public policy and practice in the field of sport and recreation.
URBANET is a network of researchers with interests including city planning, urban design, regional planning, transport planning, sustainability, and governance. The research hub is led by Professor Carey Curtis.
A multidisciplinary cluster examining processes of social and cultural transformation.
The School of Education delivers cutting edge, high quality and high impact research across a range of specialist fields. We have strong national and international links with governments, education communities, and the non-government sector. The school has a track record of winning external funding to support the important work of its researchers. Students enrolled in our carefully designed courses are supervised by dedicated, supportive and expert researchers.
The Applied Linguistics Research Group is one of the main research groups within our School of Education. Applied linguistics defines and addresses real-world problems related to language use and learning. It informs the theory and practice for teaching second and foreign languages.
The Multimodal Analysis Group specialises in the analysis of language, images and other resources involved in human communication. The research group is working closely with computational scientists in order to develop digital techniques for the analysis of large multimodal datasets.
The School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry is renowned for its unique, ground-breaking combinations of critical and creative research in the domains of digital futures, social justice, international relations, and cultural industries. Home to the longest continuously running writing program in Australia, the School is known internationally for its award-winning creative-practice research in writing, performance, fine art, and the screen arts.
The Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute operates a broad research agenda that provides for a range of specialist activities within a cross-disciplinary framework such as Societies in Change, Cultural and Critical Studies, Indian Ocean Region and Global Heritage Futur
The Centre focuses on national competitive grant schemes and international research collaboration in cultural, media and journalism research, the creative economy and cultural science.
The Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) provides a focal point for research, teaching and scholarly activity in the area of human rights education. In this context, education is understood in its broadest sense, including community education, raising awareness, promoting understanding and debate around human rights issues, and implementing human rights principles in a range of occupations, as well as education in formal settings of schools and universities.
Established in 2015, the centre showcases Australian writing in China and Chinese writing in Australia, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about writing and the teaching of writing in Chinese and Australian universities.
The Alternate Anatomies Lab is an interdisciplinary lab that interrogates the aesthetics, the ethics and the engineering of prosthetics, robotics and virtual systems. Its interest encompasses the post-modern condition, post-humanism, identity, embodiment and the evoking of agency in machine systems.