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.
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.
Sport and Exercise Science
Exercise, health and disease management and understanding and enhancing sport performance.
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
Oldest Red-tailed Tropicbird found on reef island5 August
USC researchers have found what could be the oldest known breeding individual of one of the world’s most elusive seabirds on Lady Elliot Island, at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
USC research projects attract $2M in ARC funding30 July
Nearly $2 million in Australian Research Council Future Fellowships have been awarded to two researchers from USC.
Cost-benefit analysis needed for ‘greening’ of aged care facilities14 July
A proposal to plant more trees to help Australia’s ageing population cope with a warmer climate will require a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis to get the green light from commercial aged care providers, USC research has found.