Research - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Finding innovative solutions to real-world issues

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.

Research areas

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

Find an expert

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 researchers have released a new eucalypt, Mt Beerwah mallee for urban koalas
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.

Snorkeler taking a fish survey
Marine and Coastal Ecology

Research focused on ocean sciences and marine animal ecology.

Reef research
Global Change Ecology Research Group

Research on the impacts of anthropogenic change on biodiversity and ecosystems.

Sustainability Research Centre

Helping regions transition towards sustainability.

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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.

Athlete testing
Sport and Exercise Science

Exercise, health and disease management and understanding and enhancing sport performance.


For more information, contact the Office of Research or the Graduate Research Office

Specialist facilities in key locations supports teaching and innovative, collaborative research.

Sunshine Coast Health Institute

A world-class teaching and research facility located alongside the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital

K'Gari Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre

A research and learning centre on the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island

Let your research shine

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia.

Research students

Explore research and development opportunities at USC.

Latest research news

USC Newsroom
COVID-19 and mental health: Researchers to share insights in free public webinar
9 October

Mental health experts from USC will share some of their latest research on staying well during COVID-19 in a free online seminar next week.

Funnel web spider: credit David Wilson at James Cook University
New research on funnel-web spider toxin
22 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 Sam Van Holsbeeck
PhD student helps develop ‘bushfire scar’ model
16 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.

For more information, contact the Office of Research or the Graduate Research Office