Creating a better tomorrow demands transformative research today. At Southern Cross, our research is making a positive impact for people and the community.

Research at Southern Cross University

Researcher looking through microscope

Environmental Science Research student

Research for a better world

At Southern Cross University, our research is transforming our region and our planet.

Across fields of endeavour including science and engineering, health and naturopathy, education and social work, we are seeking and finding real world solutions.

Our researchers are making an impact locally, regionally and globally as they advance knowledge, embrace curiosity and lead innovation and strategies towards a better future.

There is a simple reason for the research we do at Southern Cross University – the future.

To protect and enhance that future, you will find our researchers hard at work in a multitude of settings. On our precious reefs, oceans and waterways. From the middle of the desert to the heart of the rainforest. On farms and in factories, in hospitals and health facilities, in the laboratory and the lecture theatre. From our local communities to the world.

Serving our region is at the core of our research agenda, but we are also delivering positive outcomes on climate change, biodiversity and mental health and resilience that have global impact.

With researchers on our campuses in Coffs Harbour, Lismore and the Gold Coast, we are working closely with partners, stakeholders, government, communities and other universities, in Australia and abroad.

Great research translates to better teaching, helping us to prepare future generations for wherever their careers may take them.

I am proud to lead Southern Cross University’s engaged and exciting research program and to celebrate those researchers working so diligently for a better, wiser and sustainable future.

Professor Mary Spongberg - Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Academic Capability)

Professor Mary Spongberg  
Deputy Vice Chancellor
(Research and Academic Capability)

World standard or above in 23 key research areas

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) (2018)

Top 200 Young Universities

Times Higher Education World University ranking (2022)

Top 350 Agriculture and Forestry

QS World University Rankings (2021)

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