Research 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

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) In partnership with the University of Melbourne, CAPPE (an ARC Special Research Centre) conducts path-breaking research, provides policy input and promotes community discussion and professional dialogue in relation to critical issues within the public and political domain.

Suzanne Uniacke
02 6272 6292

Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation The Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is a collaborative alliance between CSU and NSW DPI. 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. Key research objectives include: increasing productivity gains; improving food quality (nutritional and health attributes); and strengthening research capacity by training the next generation, building strong industry links, and growing our infrastructure.

Michael Friend
02 6933 2285

Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) The Institute has established a substantial research capacity and commitment to partnership building to support community, industry and government efforts to safeguard our biodiversity, land and water assets, and to ensure a dynamic and sustainable future for our region communities. An internationally recognised provider of integrated research, it  combines the expertise of over 240 environmental scientists, social researchers, economists, and post-graduate students to address critical sustainability issues mainly in inland Australia,  particularly the Murray- Darling Basin,  and  in developing countries overseas. The Institute’s research is focused on key Strategic Research Areas covering a range of topics including environmental justice and governance, natural resource management, woody regrowth, sustainable water use, improving rural livelihoods and environments, regional business development, biodiversity conservation and food security . Max Finlayson
02 6051 9779
National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) Integrates the viticulture and wine science expertise of staff from Charles Sturt University and NSW Department of Primary Industry, co-located at the Ron Potter Centre in Wagga Wagga, NSW. The Centre is funded by the University, the Department and the NSW Wine Industry Association. A Commercial winery and vineyard support the University's programs in food science, wine science and viticulture. Principle research activities include viticulture, wine flavour and phenolic components, expert systems in viticulture, vine pathology and wine microbiology.

Alain Deloire
02 6933 2106

Public and Contextual Theology (PACT) This research centre breaks new ground in the theological scene in Australia. Traditionally theology has been undertaken within a narrow ecclesial environment ignoring the wider contexts. The twin foci of this research group, both public and contextual, point to an overriding concern for questions and issues relevant in contemporary society in both Australian and international settings. James Haire
026273 8805
Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education(RIPPLE) Is a multidisciplinary research centre that conducts high-quality applied research and consultation in the field of professional practice. Within this broad rubric, central concerns are issues of epistemology, quality, responsibility and the development of intra and inter disciplinary communities of practice. Jennifer Sumsion
02 6338 4423

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
02 6338 4683

Cooperative Research Centres

CRC for High Integrity Australian PorkCharles Sturt University is a supporting participant in the Pork CRC. The Centre aims to enhance the international competitiveness of the Australian pork industry by providing and adopting new and novel technologies that reduce feed costs, improve herd feed conversion efficiency and increase the range and functionality of pork products. The Centre is focussed on breakthroughs in pig and plant biology to advance knowledge and facilitate the development of technological innovations for the pork industry. CSU’s focus will be on the development of novel feeding strategies to boost the growth performance of piglets through to weaning.Peter Wynn
02 6933 2938
CRC for Future Farm IndustriesIs developing new and adaptable farming systems for Australia by creating new land-use systems which will make agriculture more productive, adaptable to climate variability, sustainable and diverse.Deirdre Lemerle
02 6933 4398

Other Research Centres

Functional Grains ITTCThe 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
02 6933 2364

Lindy Cavanagh - Faculty of Education

This video is from the 2013 CSU Grand Final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™).

The 3MT™ is a skills development activity which challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT concept and its adoption in numerous universities led to the development of an international competition. 2013 was the first time CSU had entered the 3MT competition.

Three Minute Thesis website

This video is from the 2013 CSU Grand Final Winner of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT™).

  • Video | Embracing Diversity, Creating Equality

    Sarah Verdon - CSU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2014 2nd place

    • The 3MT™ is a skills development activity which challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.
  • Video | Fit for Duty?

    Alex Sandy Macquarrie - CSU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2014 3rd place

    • The 3MT™ is a skills development activity which challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.