Research Concentrations

Research Concentrations

UniSA supports a number of research concentrations – utilising an interdisciplinary approach to work with valued partners as they deliver responsive, clever and enterprising outcomes. 

The Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences has recently approved a new Research Concentration Strategy - the policy document is available here.

Have a closer look below at some of our Research Concentrations. 

Australian Centre for Child Protection

The Australian Centre for Child Protection is an award-winning, national Centre conducting research that supports the development of policy and practice solutions to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Supported over the past decade by a National Advisory Council of seven eminent Australians, the Centre is committed to strengthening the evidence that informs the design and delivery of services to children, young people and their families.

Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety

The Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety is committed to a research agenda that provides evidence about the importance of balance between workplace productivity and psychological health and safety. We generate and apply new knowledge to make work environments throughout the Asia Pacific more accessible, healthier, safer and more productive.

Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre

The Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre focuses on understanding and improving the human condition through learning about sleep, circadian rhythms and cognition. Supported by local, national and international collaborations, the research in the Centre can be placed under the following themes: 1. Consequences of insufficient sleep across the lifespan; 2. Interaction of work and sleep scheduling; 3. Countermeasures for inadequate sleep and circadian phase desynchrony; 4. Role of sleep and associated physiology in cognitive function.

Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

The Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neurosciene's mission is to understand the neurobiological basis of human cognition across the lifespan.

Centre for Economic and Cultural Sociology

 The Centre for Economic and Cultural Sociology research concetration aims to develop a programme of sociologically informed research that will reassess, realign and reignite the ways in which economics and culture combine to advance the creativity, vibrancy and wellbeing of our city and regional life

Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration

The Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration aims to undertake world-class, impactful and collaborative research into the cultural and creative industries, and creative community practice, with a view to enabling diversity and social inclusion and informing cultural policy debates.

Design Research for Health & Wellbeing

Design Research for Health and Wellbeing (DRHW) brings together a transdisciplinary network where researchers, creative practitioners, healthcare workers and service users can collaborate to devise and implement innovations in the development and delivery of environments, health facilities, products and services that foster the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Digital Transformations Research Group

The Digital Transformations Research Group is composed of a number of research groups and research facilities, within the School of Art, Architecture and Design. Each is concerned with the transformative potential of digital technologies on art, architecture and design. Research in this area recognises that the convergence of media brought about by the advent of digital technology is an historical given and that interdisciplinary and fundamental questions now arise concerning human agency, identity, knowledge and imagination. Research in this area engages with and has outcomes relevant in the creative arts, design, architecture, the built environment, cultural and social theory, human-factors and ergonomics. Our research has impact in the arts, social theory, urban development and product development.

Research for Educational and Social Inclusion

The Research for Educational & Social Inclusion group is a platform for inspired, engaged, collaborative and innovative research into educational and social exclusion and inclusion.  The research group brings togethar a range of complimentary methodologies and expertise from a range of educational disciplines and theories.



Cross-Divisional Collaborations

Positive Futures Research Collaboration

Positive Futures Research Collaboration is a national research unit dedicated to improving the lives of Aboriginal children.

Based at the University of South Australia, the collaboration consists of representatives from national peak bodies working together to build the evidence base of what works, and how this is best implemented to ensure Aboriginal children are safe, strong and well.


Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

The AHURI Network at the University of South Australia is a joint initiative of the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences and the Business School.  UniSA AHURI is a member of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institure (AHURI), a national, independent research network that provides high quality research to influence and improve policy development in relation to housing and urban needs.



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