Research Landscape – Our Strengths

The research landscape at Western Sydney University is interdisciplinary and collaborative. The University is responsive to the contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges in Greater Western Sydney and orientated to global challenges.

We strive to make our research applied and relevant to what we teach and to industry, business, community and government in our region and beyond. The University also promotes specific basic research in areas that correspond to the academic strengths of individuals and research groups.

Research at the University is defined as critical and creative activity undertaken on a systematic basis in order to extend knowledge and understanding and/or solve practical or theoretical problems. The University's research performance has shown continued growth against all key indicators.

The University Research Plan 2015-2017 (PDF, 1747.49 KB) (opens in a new window) presents our research strategies and targets. The University is mid-way through a 10-year investment program ensuring that excellence in research is strongly supported.

The University has embraced two major mechanisms for expressing its research strengths: multidisciplinary research programs that support the University mission and have national and local relevance, and a small number of research centres.

Research Concentrations

A number of research concentrations provide the University with research strength. As part of our ongoing commitment to quality assurance, the performance of research concentrations is regularly subject to expert external review.

Future Research Strengths

Emerging research concentrations are identified and University research groups are supported and developed in the schools.

Research Training

Research higher education achieves the complex expectations of students, employers, and scholars in the 21st century. Graduates are equipped with a portfolio of skills and knowledge, enabling them to develop their capabilities to the highest potential for personal growth and fulfilment, for effective participation in the workforce, and for making constructive contributions to society.