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Research Strengths

Macquarie University operates at the forefront of research practice in several distinct areas. These research strengths are the foundation of Macquarie University’s international reputation.

The University is home to some of the world’s most pre-eminent researchers. These teams and individuals work across disciplinary boundaries to create real change in our society.

Key areas of research strength at Macquarie are:

Ancient Cultures

The Ancient Cultures Research Centre (MQACRC) undertakes collaborative research on cross-cultural interaction in ancient cultures from Western Europe to China. It concentrates not only on the history of the societies concerned, but on the languages they used, and has a special focus on the close study of physical artefacts from antiquity.

Animal Behaviour

The Animal Behaviour Lab focuses on communication and cognitive processes in a range of organisms including birds, lizards and jumping spiders.

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Macquarie specialises in wide-field astronomy, optical, infrared and radio studies of planetary nebulae, binary stars, supernova remnants, stellar proper motions, galactic archaeology, theoretical studies of shock-waves, star formation and black holes. We also research innovative approaches to astronomy education.

Biomolecular Frontiers

The Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre links our international research leaders in microbial functional genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics with high performance University technology pre-positioned for new advances in systems biology. 

See also

Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF)
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
Environmental Biotechnology
Grain Foods
Fluorescence Applications in Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Biofuels or Alternative Fuels or Fuel Efficiency

The Manufacture of Biofuels is a National Collaborative Research project aiming to provide Australian based researchers with subsidised access to quality facilities, technologically advanced equipment, and technical expertise required for process development and pilot scale manufacture of biofuels and other products from lignocellulosic biomass.

Capital Markets

The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMRC) is the initiative of a group of researchers, Universities including Macquarie and industry partners who work together to develop new and innovative technologies for the capital markets domain.

Category Theory

The Centre of Australian Category Theory (CoACT) develops an algebra of widespread applicability for the synthesis and analysis of systems and processes in fields such as physics, computer science and mathematics itself.

Climate Risk

The Climate Futures team is a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in climatology, water, coastal processes, geomorphology, ecology, economics, law and governance, social policy, planning and risk analysis. We examine the impacts of climate variability and change.

See also

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Cognitive Science

The Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science has a special emphasis on three domains of cognition: Pshycholinguistics, Visual Cognition and Cognitive Neurophsychiatry.

See also

Institute for Human Cognition and Brain Sciences and Cognition and its Disorders (Stephen Cain)

Ecology and Evolution Team

The Genes to Geoscience Research Centre is a federation of independent labs focusing life sciences and earth sciences. Our research covers molecular technologies and biological detail, to world-scales in space and geology-scales in time.

See also

The Vegetation Function Network

Early Childhood

The Children and Families Research Centre has been established to meet the need for information about how best to support children and their families in Australia.

Children and families Research Centre

Earth and Planetary Evolution

The ARC National Key Centre for Geochemical evolution and Metallogeny of continents is based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Macquarie University. This research focuses on Lithospheric Studies and Global Geodynamics.

See also

Core to Crust fluid Systems

Emotional Health

The Centre for Emotional Health focuses on research into the understanding, treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression and related mental health problems. The group is widely cited for work on aetiological modelling, low-cost dissemination of interventions, and prevention and early intervention.

Ecosystem Modelling

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure (eMAST) is a trans-disciplinary synthesis facility which focusses on global and Australian land surface modelling (i.e. the carbon and water cycle). We examine the impact of climate on vegetation processes in the context of what that means for ecosystems in space and time. Our research outputs inform a range of disciplines including biology, ecology, environmental science, health and engineering.

Financial Risk

The Centre for Financial Risk brings together researchers on uncertainty in capital markets. We specialise in research into the implications of dependencies between risks for financial institutions, risk management for superannuation and financial plans, currency risk and the role of central banks, how business cycle risks impact on asset returns, managing risks to electricity supplies and survival analysis for medical costs and insurance companies.

International Governance and Performance

The International Governance and Performance Research Centre was established in February 2011.  It seeks to encompass all international governance and performance research themes and topics in today’s multidimensional, cross-cultural global settings. IGAP seeks to provide leadership in this space with its expertise in:

Governance:  international accounting and cross-border business integration, reporting and regulatory compliance frameworks, audit
                         and assurance (external, internal, financial and non-financial), audit committees, risks, ethics, fraud, sustainability
                         and culture.

Performance: management policies, processes and controls, information systems, management reporting, performance
                          measurements, management behaviour, and risk management.

Language Sciences

The Centre for Language Sciences encompasses theoretical, experimental and computational issues in a variety of areas including linguistics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, lexicography, audiology and speech science.

See also

Macquarie Centre for Cognitive science (MACCS)
Institute of Human Cognition and Brain science (IHCBS)

Lasers and Photonics

The MQ Photonics research centre undertakes fundamental and applied research in lasers and photonics, with a particular focus on seven frontiers of optical science: astrophotonics, biophotonics, microphotonic optical systems, nano-optics and nanophotonics, photonic sources, optical sensing and imaging, and ultrafast laser applications.

See also

The Centre for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS)

Legal Governance

Or research is concerned with issues relating to the legal governance and  regulatory problems facing governments, businesses, and communities, such as global and national governance, environmental sustainability, corporate social  responsibility, and the medico-legal challenges of human health.

Neuroscience, Vascular Sciences and Surgery

Our neuroscience expertise integrates research across cardiorespiratory, pain, degenerative neurological disease and visual sciences. Our vascular and cardiology groups specialise in blood flow and vascular disease research, cardiovascular imaging and preventative cardiology. Our surgery groups undertake research in neurosurgery, surgical infection and clinical ethics, including issues surrounding innovative surgery and organ donation.

Quantum Information Science and Security Team

Our research centre combines physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering and biochemistry to engage in novel research towards deepening our understanding in quantum science and technology.

See also

Centre of Quantum Computer Technology

Social, Cultural and Political Change

Our research covers some of the most interesting issues at the intersection of history, politics and culture. Our current focus is on world history, Australian politics, political theory, identity and gender politics, women’s history and Australian media history.

Social Inclusion

The Centre for Research on Social Inclusion is an interdisciplinary group of researchers from disciplines such as Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, and Human Geography who research into contemporary social justice issues. This includes the social, cultural, economic and political determinations of inclusion and exclusion, particularly in the context of globalisation.

Special Education

The Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) undertakes research projects focusing on the behavior and difficulties of young children and school students with special needs and disabilities.

Wireless Communications

The Wireless Communication and Networking laboratory conducts research into emerging technologies such as wireless body area networks for medical applications or cognitive radio networks for next generation mobile communication systems.

See also

Collaborative Nonlinear Electronics Research Facility
Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering