Excellence In Research Australia


The Hawkesbury Institute confirms its place in world research excellence:

  • 8 Fields Of Research rated as Well-Above World Standard (the highest ranking)
  • Continued strengths in previously highly-rated Fields Of Research
  • HIE's broad interdiscliplinary areas of expertise combine to offer excellence in the sciences

Latest News, Events And Highlights

19 June 2019

Scientists have issued a new warning to humanity that efforts to address climate change demand that we include the immense roles played by microbes.

31 May 2019

Scientists have found that although the numbers of microbes in soils are vast, most belong to just a few common species.

Jul 30

Participants at our Soil Biology Masterclass will learn how to adopt practices and strategies to enhance the life in soils and use the power of plant-soil-microbial relationships to unlock soil nutrients, produce healthier and more nutritious plants and understand how microbes drive modern farming success.

We are looking for a motivated and capable candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research in Sydney, Australia. Apply by June 30th.

The Future Makers: Research From The Hawkesbury Institute

Future makers is the University's research showcase magazine, told through informative storytelling and multimedia. These four stories in Edition Two capture the Hawkesbury Institute's diverse and multidisciplinary expertise...


The Koala - Phascolarctos Cinereus

Dr Ben Moore and Dr Michaela Blyton found that the microbial community of a koala’s intestine can be artificially altered. Read More...

Prof Sally Power at PACE

Prof Sally Power explains that ‘extreme’ could become the new normal for pastoral conditions within the next 30 years. Read More...

Ground-dwelling larva

Assoc Prof Scott Johnson and Dr Ben Moore found that silicon strengthens plants and that plants under attack took up extra silicon from the soil to defend themselves. Read More...

Trees killed by drought

Assoc Prof Brendan Choat is investigating the physiological underpinnings of the widespread die-off of mangroves. Read More...

2018 QS University Rankings


The international Quacarelli Symonds Subject Rankings are a worldwide ranking of major disciplines. The criteria for designating a ranking are:

  • Academic peer review
  • Faculty/Student ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • Employer reputation
  • International student ratio
  • A measurement of the diversity of the student community
  • International staff ratio


Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Agriculture and Forestry Top 150

Quacarelli Symonds Rankings Environmental Sciences Top 300 2018

Global Rankings And Research Quality

Western Sydney University is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our research was rated at 5 Stars for Ecological Applications, Soil Sciences, Ecology, Plant Biology, Forestry Sciences by the 2015 Excellence In Research Australia rankings conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Western Sydney University is ranked among the top 20 Australian universities for achievements in the prestigious Australian Research Council major grants. Nearly a third of the University's ARC grant income is achieved by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. Find out more...

Top 20 Of Universities In The World