The Division of Research at Southern Cross University (SCU) has organised its research efforts around two Special Research Centres and six Research Centres.
Special Research Centres
Southern Cross Plant Science
Southern Cross Plant Science brings together leading expertise in the fields of plant genetics, phytochemistry and ethnopharmacology enabling us to investigate and improve existing crops as well as developing new useful medicinal and food plants and high value plant products.
Southern Cross GeoScience
SCGS conducts research that contributes to the understanding and improved management of our land and water resources with particular reference to the impact of human activity.
Children and Young People
The CCYP promotes the status and voice of children and young people through its research, education, and advocacy activities. The work of the CCYP is facilitated by a team of interdisciplinary researchers working collaboratively with practitioners and policy makers to enhance the well being of children and young people in their families, schools and communities.
The Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research (CCBR) undertakes high quality and innovative research that contributes to the understanding of global biogeochemical cycles and associated improved management of coastal systems impacted by global change (e.g. changes in the nitrogen cycle, climate changes, ocean acidification, land use changes).
Gambling Education and Research
The Centre for Gambling, Education and Research (CGER) creates research and education relating to gambling, its operations, management, policy and impacts. Its research and activities aim to inform and foster academic scholarship, responsible industry practices, responsive community services and considered policy-making.
The Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) builds on the internationally recognised marine research reputation of the School of Environment, Science and Engineering by incorporating the Whale Research Centre, the Coral Reef Research Centre and the National Marine Science Centre.
Tourism, Leisure and Work
The Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work incorporates applied research in the areas of tourism, leisure, sport and work with a focus on planning, policy and management for tourism, sport, leisure and organisations.
Forest Research Centre
Southern Cross University's Forest Research Centre investigates the ecology of native forests both in Australia and overseas, as well as studying how native forests and plantations can produce wood products, environmental services and carbon sustainably. Some specialties are: tropical forestry and agroforestry, forest computer modelling, forest birds, marsupials and amphibians, new products from trees including bioenergy and forest genetics.
Updated: 08 January 2013