UNSW Research Centres

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UNSW Research Centres are Internal Centres which have, as their principal mission, to undertake research in an established or emerging area of research strength. They may also play a role in teaching and community activities.

Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre)

Director: Prof Jane McAdam

Presiding faculty:
Law

Mission statement of the centre:

Our mission is to bring a principled, human rights-based approach to the issue of refugee law and policy in Australia.  The Centre maintain core research programs in various aspects of refugee law, including international refugee law and comparative practices; human rights-based forms of protection (complementary protection); Australian administrative and constitutional law; statelessness; border security; regional protection; and displacement linked to climate change and disasters.

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Asia-Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre - a WHO Collaborating Centre (APuHC)

Acting Director: Prof Fethi Rabhi

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 5890
Email: p.ray@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Business School

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Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA)

Director: Prof Martin Van Kranendonk

Contact:
Email: dtf@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

Mission statement of the centre:

Our mission is to provide an environment for world-leading interdisciplinary research into the origin and evolution of life on Earth, across the Solar System and throughout the Universe, and to disseminate those research outcomes to academic communities, students, and the general public across the globe.

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Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS)

Director: Prof Jill Slay

Contact:
Phone: 02 6268 8158
Email: j.slay@adfa.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Host school:
School of Engineering and Information Technology

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Australian Centre for NanoMedicine (ACN)

Co-Directors: Prof Maria Kavallaris, Prof Justin Gooding

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 4333

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

Mission statement of the centre:

  • Bringing together a multidisciplinary team of internationally recognised polymer chemists, engineers and other technologists with clinical and medical practitioners to more clearly understand the requirements to deliver improvements in health
  • Showcasing and promoting NanoMedicine through forums, publications, conferences and news outlets and seek feedback on new projects
  • Working with Australian decision makers to deliver on national priorities for scientific excellence and industrial competitiveness
  • Partnering with other academics and commercial ventures to contribute to advances in the field
  • Establishing the ACNs International NanoMedicine Conference in Sydney as a leading NanoMedicine conference in the Asia-Pacific region, and using this to leverage a strong network involving medical institutes and companies

 

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Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER)

Director: Prof Andrew Dempster

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 6890
Email: acser@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

Mission statement of the centre:

At ACSER we aim initially to develop both undergraduate and postgraduate project-based courses, install a ground station to receive remote-sensed data, develop several technology demonstrators, initiate a national space payload competition, set up a national GNSS testing and certification centre, and maybe even launch the long-running UNSW student project, BlueSat.

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Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices (ACSMP)

Director: A/Prof David Laurence

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 6830
Email: acsmp@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

Host school:
Mining Engineering

Mission statement of the centre:

The Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices aspires to be recognised by both government and industry in Australia and internationally as:

  • A leading authority on sustainable mining practices
  • A provider and developer of innovative educational resources across both tertiary and professional development sectors
  • An active research organisation focussed on new mining practices, and development and application of technologies and systems for sustainable mining initiatives.

 

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Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS)

Director: Prof Tom Frame

Contact:
Phone: 02 6268 8845
Email: acsacs@adfa.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Mission statement of the centre:

ACSACS consolidates and perpetuates a long-standing tradition of excellence at UNSW in understanding the complex issues surrounding armed conflict and military engagement.

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Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRCentre)

Director: Prof Andrea Durbach

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 1803
Email: diane.macdonald@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Law

Mission statement of the centre:

The AHR Centre aims to increase public awareness of domestic and international human rights standards, laws and procedures through research projects, education programs and publications. Its primary objectives are to:

  • Undertake and facilitate interdisciplinary human rights research projects
  • Develop human rights educational initiatives by hosting workshops, seminars and conferences, co-ordinating interdisciplinary human rights teaching and internship programs and providing a forum for domestic and international scholarship and debate on contemporary human rights issues
  • Provide accessible information on significant human rights developments in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and internationally, facilitate access to online human rights resources via the AHRCentre website and publish the Australian Journal of Human Rights, the Human Rights Defender and occasional papers and publications.

 

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Centre for Accounting and Assurance Research (CAAR)

Director: Prof Ken Trotman

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 5831
Email: k.trotman@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Business School

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Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD)

Co-Directors: Prof Martina Stenzel, Prof Per Zetterlund

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 4964
Email: camd@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

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Centre for Applied Economic Research (CAER)

Director: Prof Kevin Fox

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 3320
Email: caer@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Business School

Mission statement of the centre:

Our mission is to encourage and facilitate applied economic research, to foster links between the academics at The University of New South Wales and the business and public sector communities, and to raise the applied research profile of the School of Economics more generally.

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Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH)

Director: Professor Louisa Jorm

Contact:
Phone: +61 (2) 9385 0645
Email: cbdrh@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

Mission statement of the centre:

To maximise the productive use of all possible sources of health big data in order to enhance the health and well being of Australians and the global community.

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Centre for Childhood Cancer Research

Director: Prof Murray Norris

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

Mission statement of the centre:

To provide major advances in childhood cancer research that will ultimately save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering.

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Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES (formerly AWRC))

Director: Prof Richard Kingsford

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 8296
Email: awrc@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

Mission statement of the centre:

The Centre for Ecosystem Science (CES) aims to be a leader in research, its application and communication of environmental change. We aim to attract top quality students and form strategic partnerships with government, industry and the community.

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Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM)

Joint Directors: A/Prof Iain MacGill, Dr Maria Balatbat

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 4920
Email: i.macgill@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

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Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)

Co-Directors: Prof Perminder Sachdev, Prof Henry Brodary

Contact:
Phone: 02 9382 3816
Email: cheba@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

Mission statement of the centre:

Our mission is to enhance the evidence base in relation to prevention, early detection, and treatment of age-related disorders, in particular brain diseases, and improve the health care of individuals affected by these diseases.

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Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety (CIES)

Acting Director: Professor Chongmin Song

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 6853
Email: i.calaizis@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

Mission statement of the centre:

To be the leading internationally recognised research centre in the region, for investigating, understanding and predicting the safety and behaviour of engineering infrastructure under in-service and overload (or limit) conditions.

We aim to be the nexus of the various scientific disciplines in the broad fields of engineering infrastructure; its design, evaluation, performance and retrofit.

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Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (iCinema)

Director: Prof Dennis Del Favero

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 0630
Email: icinema@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
College of Fine Arts

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Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation (CLMR)

Director: Dr Scott Donald

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 1000
Email: s.donald@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Law

Mission statement of the centre:

The Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation aims to become the premier national centre for the study of the dynamics of market regulation. From its legal core, the Centre works outwards to explore the social construction of markets, with a particular focus, in the first instance on the construction and governance of financial markets.

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Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation (CMB)

Co-Directors: Prof Staffan Kjelleberg, Prof Peter Steinberg

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 2102
Email: cmb@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

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Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia (CMSA)

Director: Prof Julian Murphet

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 4521
Email: modernism@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Arts and Social Sciences

Mission statement of the centre:

To build a national, regional, and international profile for Modernism studies here at UNSW, and to provide a beachhead for global Modernism studies on Australian shores.

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Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE)

Executive Director: Prof Mark Harris
Director & CEO: A/Prof Gawaine Powell Davies

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 1547
Email: cphce@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

Mission statement of the centre:

Our long term vision is to improve the community's health and wellbeing through a focus on improved primary health care services and development of policies and strategies that address health inequalities.

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Centre for Refugee Research (CRR)

Director: Dr Linda Bartolomei

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 1961
Email: crr@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Arts and Social Sciences

Mission statement of the centre:

  • To provide an international and interdisciplinary centre to initiate programs of enquiry relevant to refugee issues
  • To conduct research into the social, economic, legal, political, health and medical impacts of refugee intakes in countries of resettlement such as Australia as well as countries of first asylum with whom Australia is likely to links based on trade and foreign relations
  • To apply research to the provision of foreign and humanitarian aid for peoples displaced within their own countries as a result of armed conflict as well as for exile and refugee communities internationally
  • To develop and extend a human rights framework for the analysis of all aspects of the refugee experience, and to evaluate the effectiveness of current human rights instruments for refugee populations
  • To produce research which will benefit the Australian community by maximising the capacity of refugees to become productive members of society
  • To benefit refugees, displaced persons and humanitarian immigrants through the provision of research to guide government policies and services
  • To develop and maintain a country information database about human rights violations around the world that are relevant to establishing refugee status
  • To disseminate outcomes through a web page, publications and a program of symposiums and conferences

 

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Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH - formerly NCHSR)

Director: Prof John De Wit

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 6776
Email: csrh@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Arts and Social Sciences

Mission statement of the centre:

To undertake exemplary, multidisciplinary research regarding the social and behavioural aspects of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections, that informs and strengthens policy and practice.

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Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT Centre)

Director: Scientia Prof Veena Sahajwalla

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 4426
Email: veena@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

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City Futures Research Centre (CFRC)

Director: Prof Bill Randolph

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 7777
Email: cityfutures.contact@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Built Environment

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Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)

Director: Prof Steve Sherwood

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 9766
Email: ccrc@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

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Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis (RAMAC)

Director: Prof Marc Wilkins

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 1241
Email: ramaciotti@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

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Connected Waters Initiative (CWI)

Director: Prof Andy Baker

Contact:
Phone: 02 8071 9848
Email: a.baker@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

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Evolution and Ecology Research Centre (E&ERC)

Director: Prof Rob Brooks

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 8865
Email: eerc@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

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Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law

Director: A/Prof Sean Brennan

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 2257
Email: gtcentre@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Law

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Global Irish Studies Centre (GISC)

Director: Prof Rónán McDonald

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 7164
Email: irish@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Arts and Social Sciences

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Indigenous Law Centre (ILC)

Director: Prof Megan Davis

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 2252
Email: ilc@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Law

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Industrial Relations Research Centre (IRRC)

Director: Prof Michael Quinlan

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 7156
Email: irrc@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Business School

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Institute of Global Finance (IGF)

Director: Prof Fariborz Moshirian

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Business School

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Integrated Materials Design Centre (IMDC)

Director: Prof Sean Smith

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

Mission statement of the centre:

The Integrated Materials Design Centre (IMDC) will drive high performance computational materials modelling in an integrated discovery and design process, working hand-in-glove with major areas of strength in materials synthesis, characterization and testing at UNSW and more broadly with academia and industry. It aims to become a preeminent centre for high performance materials modelling in Australia.

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Korea Research Institute (KRI)

Director:

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 4466
Email: kri@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Business School

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Lowy Cancer Research Centre

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 8632
Email: c.kennett@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Medicine

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Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI)

Director: Prof Travis Waller

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 5721
Email: rciti@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

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Sino-Australian Research Centre for Coastal Management (SARCCM)

Director: A/Prof Xiao Hua Wang

Contact:
Email: sarccm@adfa.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
UNSW Canberra at ADFA

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Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC)

Director: Prof Lynn Craig

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 7800
Email: sprc@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Arts and Social Sciences

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Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research (TARS)

Director: Prof Ann Williamson

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 5774
Email: tars@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Science

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UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology (CMST)

Director: Prof Greg Leslie

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 4319

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

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Water Research Centre (WRC)

Director: Prof Richard Stuetz

Contact:
Phone: 02 9385 5017
Email: water@unsw.edu.au

Presiding faculty:
Engineering

Host school:
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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