Research at Western Sydney

Western Sydney University is a research institution driven by impact. We believe excellent research and practical outcomes are essential parts of our overarching research mission. Our research has real impact upon the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our regional, national and international communities.

The University invites outstanding graduate researchers, innovative new generation researchers and established researchers to consider joining or collaborating with us.

Professor Deborah Sweeney
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research, Enterprise and International)

Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings Success

We are thrilled to announce that Western Sydney University has been ranked number one worldwide in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings for our social, ecological and economic impact.

About the THE University Impact Rankings

The annual THE University Impact Rankings assess universities on their commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Institutions are assessed against performance indicators across teaching; research; international outlook; and industry and community engagement. These rankings are based on research, outreach and stewardship and are the only ranking system in the world to assess higher education’s sustainability impact.

BabyLab – Infant Research Centre

Dyslexia affects one child in ten and there is still no universal test for diagnosis. Western Sydney University supports groundbreaking research in early infancy.

EucFACE Facility – From Western to the Atmosphere

EucFACE, the world's only Free Air CO2 Experiment in native woodland, is designed to predict the effects of rapidly rising atmospheric carbon dioxide on Australia's unique native forests.

Research Services

Research Services provides an integrated suite of services supporting the University's research effort through the development of contracts and agreements, and the provision of application advice and grant writing support to researchers; research policy implementation and development; maintenance and provision of research data; and the monitoring and promotion of ethical research practice.


Business Services

Business Services connects business, government and the community with the University by establishing external linkages and identifying partnership opportunities for commercial research, professional consultancy, commercialisation opportunities, access to intellectual property and expertise, and to the University's cutting-edge research facilities. Our team of dedicated business support professionals is available to discuss your specific needs and interests.


Our Stories

State responses to COVID-19

Global snapshot of state responses to COVID-19

New report provides global snapshot on government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Western research to deploy to ISS

Western research to deploy to the ISS

Ground-breaking camera technology set to deploy to the ISS to investigate atmospheric phenomena.

Turtles on the brink

Turtles on the brink

Global assessment of turtle and tortoise species highlights extinction risk, but action could reverse the decline and save many species.

Insects under threat

Road map to recovery

As evidence grows that insect species are under serious threat, researchers unite on international road map to recovery.