Research

Research strengths

A focus on research of an international quality and the fostering of an outstanding research culture have positioned UWA as one of the best universities in Australia and in the top 150 in the world.

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Among UWA’s research strengths are the following areas, which were classified as above or well above world standard in the 2015 Australian Research Council’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Exercise:

Accounting

Accounting

Agriculture Land and Farm Management

Agriculture, Land & Farm Management

Applied Mathematics

Applied Mathematics

Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing

Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing

Astronomical & Space Science

Astronomical & Space Science

Biochem & Cell Biology

Biochem & Cell Biology

Business & Management

Business & Management

Cardiovascular Medicine

Cardiovascular Medicine

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Classical Physics

Classical Physics

Clinical Sciences

Clinical Sciences

Crop & Pasture

Crop & Pasture

Dentistry

Dentistry

Ecological Applications

Ecological Applications

Ecology<

Ecology

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Environment Science & Management

Environment Science & Management

Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

Fisheries Science

Fisheries Science

Genetics

Genetics

Geochemistry

Geochemistry

Geology

Geology

Geophysics

Geophysics

Historical Studies

Historical Studies

Human Movement & Sport Science

Human Movement & Sport Science

Immunology

Immunology

Literary Studies

Literary Studies

Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering

Medical Microbiology

Medical Microbiology

Medical Physiology

Medical Physiology

Medicinal & Biomolecular Chemistry

Medicinal & Biomolecular Chemistry

Neurosciences

Neurosciences

Oceanography

Oceanography

Oncology

Oncology

Opthamology

Opthamology

Optical Physics

Optical Physics

Paediatric & Reproductive Medicine

Paediatric & Reproductive Medicine

Pharmacology

Pharmacology

Plant Biology

Plant Biology

Psychology

Psychology

Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Physical Geography & Env Geoscience

Physical Geography & Env Geoscience

Public Health

Public Health

Pure Mathematics

Pure Mathematics

Quantum Physics

Quantum Physics

Sociology

Sociology

Soil Science

Soil Science

Specialist Studies In Education

Specialist Studies In Education

Zoology

Zoology

UWA strategic research areas encompass the disciplinary strengths of the Excellence in Research for Australia, the University’s investments in world- class infrastructure, and its strategic advantages offered by place and time.

Excellence in Research for Australia

In the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2012) evaluation, all of UWA's research was classified as performing at the world average or better. 

The following areas performed above or well above the world average:

Astronomical and Space Sciences Classical Physics
Optical Physics Medicinal and Biomolecular Chemistry
Geology Environmental Science and Management
Ecology Evolutionary Biology
Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology Clinical Sciences
Immunology Ophthalmology and Optometry
Medical Physiology Business and Management
Psychology Literary Studies
Pure Mathematics Quantum Physics
Geochemistry Geophysics
Oceanography Soil Sciences
Biochemistry and Cell Biology Genetics
Plant Biology Zoology
Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Human Movement and Sports Science Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Science
Public Health and Health Services Applied Economics
Performing Arts and Creative Writing Historical Studies

 

More information about ERA can be found on the Australian Research Council website

World Class Infrastructure

UWA is connected into the National Infrastructure investment through its nodes of AuScope, the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, the Australian National Fabrication Facility, Bioplatforms Australia, the Integrated Marine Observing System, Metabolomics Australia, the National Imaging Facility, and the Population Health Research Network.

It is a major partner in iVEC, which hosts the Pawsey Centre national high performance computing infrastructure, and UWA runs a high quality Animal Care Services unit.

Strategic Research Areas

UWA is strategically well placed to take advantage of Western Australia’s wealth of resources in minerals and energy, its long tradition of innovation in agriculture, its natural biodiversity and fossil wealth, its extensive and pristine coastlines, its clear skies, its extensive and diverse history of indigenous peoples, languages and knowledge, and its unique multi-cultural mix of peoples.

The interdisciplinary research carried out in our Institutes and Centres builds on the disciplinary strengths of our Faculties and Schools.

Plant Sciences and Sustainable Food ProductionPlant Sciences and Sustainable Food Production

Ecology, Evolution, and the EnvironmentEcology, Evolution, and the Environment

Energy and MineralsEnergy and Minerals

Indigenous KnowledgeIndigenous Knowledge

Medicine and HealthMedicine and Health

 

Mind and the Nervous SystemMind and the Nervous System