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.
University Research Centres
Functional Grains ITTC
The 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.