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

There are six University Research Centres at Charles Sturt University. 

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) CAPPE aims to combine frontier research in social and applied philosophy with close attention to the concrete problems and requirements of practitioners in the public sphere. CAPPE is a partnership with the University of Melbourne.

Suzanne Uniacke
02 6272 6292

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
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
02 6051 9779
National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) The Centre is a collaborative alliance between CSU, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Wine Industry Association. The Centre undertakes research in 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.

Alain Deloire
02 6933 2106

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. James Haire
026273 8805
Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education(RIPPLE) RIPPLE Is a multidisciplinary research centre that addresses education-related issues. RIPPLE’s research strengths include children's speech, language and literacies; early childhood curriculum, policy and practice; educational transitions and change; professional practice and education; and technology and learning. 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

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
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™).