Available research projects

Browse our current range of projects available to Higher Degree Research applicants. You are not limited to choosing a project from this list, but they will give you an idea of potential research areas where a supervisor is looking to recruit a candidate.

How to Apply

If you find a project that interests you, please contact the researcher directly via e-mail to introduce yourself, describe your degrees and experience and express your interest in the project.

For more information, visit the How to apply for HDR programs page.

Business

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Diaspora Philanthropy
  • Human Robot Interactions: What drives consumers to adopt the technology?
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

 

Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Voice-Controlled Clinical Coding
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Internet of Things and Smart Environments: Technologies for Health, Disability, Dementia, and Aging Well
  • Cybersecurity of Big Data and Massively Interconnected Systems
  • Smart Traffic Control for the Era of Autonomous Driving
  • Designing Robust Network Topologies Against Cyberattacks by Leveraging Complex Networks Theory
  • Enhancing Answer Set Programming with Deep Learning
  • Intelligent Photography Curation Using Deep Learning
  • Challenges in the Transition from Cloud to Edge Computing
PHD PROJECTS
  • Logical Foundation and Implementation of Strategic Reasoning
  • Efficient Non-negative Sparse Models for Large Scale Spectral Data

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

 

Education

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Innovative and Alternative Learning Environments to Foster Engagement, Connectedness and Wellbeing
  • Gender and Sexuality Diversities in Educational Spaces
  • Equity, Social Inclusion and Education
SUITABLE FOR PHD

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Engineering, Design and Built Environment

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MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Ground Improvement using Chemical Stabilisation
  • Soil-Structure interaction issues in Integral Abutment Bridges
  • Nondestructive Damage Detection in SHM using Microwave and Millimeter Wave Scanning
  • Developing a Liquid Waste Management Framework for Construction Projects
  • Optimising Environmental Parameters of Houses using BIM and Digital Twin Technologies
  • Bubbledeck System in Composite Steel-concrete Structures
  • Ultra-Lightweight High Performance Concrete (ULHPC)
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  • A Blockchain Based Integrating Life Cycle Assessment Tool for Construction Projects
  • Managing Construction Industry Knowledge Through Blockchain Technology

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Health Sciences

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  • Physical Activity Promotion in Western Sydney Early Learning Services: Investigating Early Learning Staff and Parent Practices and Perceptions
  • Motivations of Animal Therapy Handlers
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Enablers and Barriers to Accessing and Implementing Bright Smiles Bright Futures Program in NSW Primary and Preschool Settings
  • The Role of Oral Health Care Professionals in Preventing and Managing Obesity
  • Healthy Smiles Healthy Kids Birth Cohort Study
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

More Projects
  • "Teaching an old dog new tricks": Revamping Education for People with Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Supporting People from CALD Communities to Access Virtual Care
  • Sports Stars: Developing Pathways for Children with Disabilities to Enter into and Sustain Participation in Community Sport
  • Creativity, Movement, and Sport. Can they be friends?
  • Culture Clash? An Investigation of the Constructions, Understandings and Experiences of Sexual and Reproductive Health from the Perspective of 1.5 Generation Migrants in Greater Western Sydney
  • Foster Carers Digital Literacy
  • Greater Western Sydney Workforce Project
  • Nature-based Solutions for Health and Wellbeing
  • Value for Whom?
  • The Same But Not Quite... Biosimilars Awareness in Australia
  • Australian Rural Training Hubs
  • Dispensing Dentist
  • Avoidable Emergency Department Presentation and Hospitalisation for Individuals Living with Disability
  • Ethical Courage and Resilience: Caring and Leading in Complex Healthcare Environments
  • Rehabilitation to Promote Daily Functioning in People with Brain Cancer
  • Changing Lives for Children and Families in Foster Care
  • Health Promotion through Sport Coaching: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Coach Mentoring Project
  • The Relationship Between Different Types of Physical Activity and Mental Health
  • Motivation, Physical Activity, and Embarrassment in School Physical Education
  • Modification of gait biomechanics improves patients with hip osteoarthritis
  • The Effect of Smoking and Alcohol Intake on Breastfeeding Outcomes in Australian Women

Medicine

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Using Human Stem Cell Technology to Discover Causes and Treatments of Human Age-related Diseases
  • Gut Feeling of Class 3 Obesity and Weight Loss
  • Understanding a Bug's Life in the Fat Land
PHD PROJECTS
  • Design and Delivery of an Integrated Community Care Model to Transition Adults with Class 3 Obesity from Tertiary Metabolic Services
  • Interventions to Reduce Psychological Distress and Eating Disorders in People with Class 3 Obesity

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

More Projects
  • MALAT1 Long-non-coding(lnc) RNA in Prediction of Islet Transplantation Outcomes
  • Molecular Crosstalk in Immunomodulation by MicroRNAs
  • Developing a Crystal Ball for Predicting Diabetes Progression (The PREDICT T1D Study Group: Plasma RNA Evaluation and Diagnosis in Children Progressing to Type 1 Diabetes)
  • Using Human Stem Cell Technology to Discover Causes and Treatments of Human Age-related Diseases
  • New Research Strategies for Preclinical Research into Amyotrophic-Lateral-Sclerosis
  • New Therapeutic Avenues for Dementia
  • New Treatments for Drug Addiction Behaviour
  • Gene-environment Interactions in Schizophrenia

Nursing and Midwifery

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Early Interventions for Smoking Cessation in Hospitalised Adults
  • Defining and Determining High Value COPD Interventions
  • Educationally Driven Respiratory Self-management
SUITABLE FOR PHD

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Science

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  • Graft-Antenna for Nerve Stimulation and Regeneration
  • Impact of Microwave-induced Currents on Cells
  • Photodynamic Treatment of Nail Fungal Infections
  • Simulating Magnetic Resonance Experiments using Symbolic Algebra
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Multi-frequency Study of Neighbouring Magellanic Clouds
  • Milky Way Spiral Arms and Mass Extinctions
  • Saving our Soils: Carbon Sinks and Closed Loops
  • Saving Australia's Native Plants from an Invasive Fungal Parasite using Metabolomics
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

More Projects
  • Increasing the Accuracy and Speed of NMR Diffusion Measurements
  • Applications of Diffusion in Benchtop NMR
  • Trialling a novel combination treatment on patients with persistent dizzinessDeveloping a telehealth rehabilitation program for patients with persistent dizziness and visual induced dizziness.
  • Trialling a novel combination treatment on Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) patients
  • Assessing the effects of gonadal, thyroid and adrenal hormones on MdDS symptomology
  • Animal Physiological Ecology
  • Avian Nest Construction
  • The Evolution of Female Song in Birds
  • The Evolution of Colour Patches on Bird Tail Feathers
  • The Reaction of 1-cubyl Radical with Dioxygen: A Mechanistic Exploration
  • Mode of Action of Novel Anti Prostate Cancer Drugs
  • Discrete Interlocked/Intertwined Supramolecular Assemblies
  • Metal Directed Assembly of Discrete Supramolecular Systems
  • Self-Assembly of Coordination Cages
  • The Conservation Status of Australian Invertebrates
  • Conservation in Australia’s Alpine Sky Islands
  • The Evolution of Anti-predator Defences in Insects and Their Allies
  • Developing an Enteric Coating for Capsaicinoid Extracts from Capsicum Stems and Leaves
  • Understanding the Mechanistic Role of New Human DNA Repair Proteins - Novel Avenues to Treat Cancer
  • Tracing Light through Fractal Galaxies
  • Nuclear Reactions in Expanding Space
  • Will We Survive the Andromeda Collision?
  • Milky Way Spiral Arms and Mass Extinctions
  • Public health and safety
  • Agriculture After Bushfire: Investigating Impacts on Primary Food Production
  • Can We Use Metabolomics to Identify Trees that are Resistant, Before Infection Occurs
  • Imaging Large and Small Magellanic Cloud with the Penrith Observatory Telescope
  • ASKAP-EMU and Multi-frequency Study of Neighbouring Magellanic Clouds
  • Young Stars in the Milky Way
  • Ionised Molecular Gas in the Milky Way
  • Understanding Communication Between Microbes in the Biofilm Using a Metabolomics Approach
  • Testing Anti-fungal Resistance as an Important Factor in Fungal Virulence
  • Identifying the Molecular Mechanisms Responsible for Abnormal Responses to Injury
  • Radio Stars in ASKAP Radio Surveys
  • Dark Matter in the Halo of Magellanic Clouds
  • Are Supermassive Black Holes Lined Up Over Cosmic Distances?
  • Predicting Change in Australia’s Environmental Microbiomes
  • Investigation of Micro-organisms Inhabiting Sediment Ponds at the Captains Flat Mine Site
  • Inhibiting the Reproductive Cycle of SARS-CoV-2 Virus by Binding of Novel Drugs
  • Simulating the Effect of Radiation Damping on WaterControl NMR Experiments
  • Metabolomic Study of Dealcoholised Wines
  • Proton Exchange Based Molecular Imaging by MRI
  • Metallo-supramolecular Materials (including Nano Materials): Molecular Recognition, Catalysis, Optical and/or Magnetic Properties
  • Metallo-supramolecular Materials in Biological Applications: DNA Binding, Drug Delivery and MRI Contrast Agent
  • Determining the Outcomes of Host-pathogen Interactions
  • Microbial Biofilms, Examining the Complex Relationships Between Microbes
  • Development of a Mass Spectrometry-based Method for the Early Detection of Atherosclerosis
  • Noisy Neighbours: Do Native Birds Call Less When Invasive Birds Are Calling?
  • Optimising NMR Diffusion Measurements
  • A Cancer Biomarker Discovery and Translation Pipeline from High-field MRI
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Plants
  • Investigating Azeotropic Mixtures with NMR Diffusometry and Relaxomtery
  • Wombats
  • Harnessing the Power of Defensive Microbes and Discovering New Antibiotic Drugs for Medicine or Fungicides for Agriculture
  • Proton Exchange Based Molecular Imaging by MRI

Social Sciences

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Disability and Pornography
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Culture and Society | ICS

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Anthropocene Extinction and the Ethics of Conservation by Technoscience
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Environmental Sciences | HIE

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Assessing the Conservation Status of Australia's Invertebrates
  • Australian Alpine Conservation - How Will Species Cope Without Snow?
  • Talking Trees and their Response to Carbon Dioxide (EucFACE)
  • How will Climate Warming Affect the Growth and Physiology of Coffee and Tea Plants?
  • Discovery of Genetic Mechanisms and Chemical Photoswitches that Regulate Micronutrient Levels in Plants
  • Touching Plants to Prime Resistance to Insect Herbivory and Adaptation to Stress
PHD PROJECTS
  • Feast or Famine: How Australian Plants Stay Productive Under Different Levels of Soil Phosphorus
  • Pushing the Envelope: Does Range Size Limit Eucalypt Tolerance to Warming?

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Integrative and Complementary Medicine | NICM

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
  • Supporting People with Dementia in the Community: A Multicultural Perspective
  • Exploring the Neurophysiological Mechanisms of Exercise in Ageing and Cognitive Decline
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Explore Novel Anti-neuroinflammatory Phytochemical(s) in Attenuation of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Multi-compound Therapy Development Against Acute Inflammation in Infectious Diseases
  • Can Natural Bioactives Enhance the Efficacy of Standard Chemotherapy?
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Brain, Behaviour and Development | MARCS

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Decoding the Neural Basis of Object Perception
  • Unsupervised Learning for Event-based Cameras
PHD PROJECTS
  • Research on Conversation by Young and Older Adults

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Translational Health | THRI

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
  • Place, Identity and Learning in Medical Education
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

Graduate Research School

MASTER OF RESEARCH PROJECTS
  • Impact of Parental Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Deployment to Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan on Adult Children in Military Families
MASTER OF RESEARCH / PHD PROJECTS
PHD PROJECTS

For detailed descriptions and contact details for these projects, please download the project list.

How to Apply

For more information, visit the How to apply for HDR programs page.