Institutes and centres

Research Centres

Charles Sturt University has established designated Research Centres representing concentrations of research expertise that align with CSUs mission. Centres are expected to demonstrate sustained success in an area of research that supports the strategic direction and key performance indicators of the University. Within each Centre, research activities are arranged around a number of theme areas under which collaboration and interdisciplinary research is encouraged.

Membership draws from staff across the Faculties of CSU and includes research higher degree candidates.

  • Up to 60 Research Centre Fellowships are available annually to support intensive research activity that aligns with Research Centre Priorities. Researchers should contact their Centre for details. 
  • HDR student candidates are considered for enrolment into CSU's designated Areas of Research Strength 

University Research Centres

There are four University Research Centres at Charles Sturt University. 

Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation The Centre is a collaborative alliance between CSU and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The Centre’s research aims to increase the profitability of the grain and livestock industries, whilst reducing the risks of natural resource degradation and supporting a sustainable economic future for agriculture on regional, national and international levels.

Michael Friend
Director
Phone:
02 6933 2285

Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) ILWS undertakes research in social and environmental sustainability, with a focus on topics including biodiversity, climate change, energy use, natural resource management, sustainable water use, regional development, rural social issues, Indigenous business and cultural heritage.

Max Finlayson
Phone:
02 6051 9779

National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) The Centre integrates the viticulture and wine science expertise of staff from Charles Sturt University and NSW Agriculture and is funded by the University, the Department and the NSW Wine Industry Association. An experimental winery and vineyard support the University's programs in wine science and viticulture. Principal research activities include grape and wine science, in the areas of plant pathology, vine physiology, fruit development, fruit and wine composition, sensory characteristics of wine, and consumer preference..

Leigh Schmidtke
Acting Director
Phone:
02 6933 2940

Public and Contextual Theology (PACT) PACT undertakes research in areas including faiths and culture, theory and praxis in public and contextual theology, religion and society and scripture and social ethics. Particular strengths are in the areas of scripture, systematic theology, practical theology and ethics.

Stephen Pickard
Phone:
026273 8805

Faculty Research Centres

Centre for Research in Complex Systems (CRiCS)The Centre for Research in Complex Systems carries out world-class research in complex systems theory and applications in socio-economic systems, business and human cognition. The many projects cover a range of themes, from fundamental analysis of cellular automata and agent based modelling to virtual environments and computer games.

Terry Bossomaier
Phone:
02 6338 4683

Other Research Centres

Functional Grains ITTCThe ARC Functional Grains ITTC will transform the Australian Grains Industry from a commodity-based industry into a highly efficient industry producing high quality food and feed products that exceed market expectation.

Chris Blanchard
Director
Phone:
02 6933 2364