Research at ACU

We are a world-leading research university in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy. Our culture of research excellence is founded on the principles of social justice and attracts global experts, students and collaborators from across the globe.

Why research with us

Our research priorities

Education is an ACU research priority


Our researchers generate evidence-based knowledge that enhances teaching and learning from early childhood to higher education. We examine assessment, digital technologies, changing communication practices, the role of play in children’s learning as well as literacy, numeracy and teacher education. Our aim is to strengthen systems that support education outcomes for children and their families.

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Health is an ACU research priority


Our research addresses critical public health issues by identifying and responding with innovative programs that deliver better health outcomes and transform lives. In collaboration with international and national partners, our researchers examine brain health, stroke recovery, and manage the adverse effects of cancer and chronic metabolic diseases as well as many other critical health issues.

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Theology and philosophy

We explore critical questions in philosophy, religion, and theology, including early Christian constructions of knowledge and identity, and normative implications of moral disagreement, an urgent concern for societies with clashing moral principles. Interdisciplinary research collaborations also advance knowledge of the causes of public alienation from conventional political agendas, parties, and policies.

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Research institutes

Our research institutes collaborate with strategic partners across Australia and the world to create real impact in our key research areas. Their research focuses on health, theology and philosophy, and education, and is founded on the principles of social justice and the common good.


Research partners

We help solve real-world problems by collaborating and engaging with a broad range of industry, government, community, and education partners in innovation-based relationships. Contact our Research Executive Adviser to collaborate.

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Supervisors and experts

Our researchers are recognised globally for their specialist knowledge. Many also supervise higher degree research candidates during their research. Find an expert to collaborate with, or request supervision from.

Meet our experts

News and events

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  • 450+

    low income families helped in Australia in 2021

  • No 1

    University of community and charity work

  • Top 10

    In Education research in the world

  • 318

    graduates in top ethics research

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Ethics and integrity

We are committed to ethical research conducted with integrity and respect for the rights and interests of participants.

Our standards

Resources for researchers

We’re here to help you reach your research goals. Find the tools, resources, and contacts you need to make the most out of your research.

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Higher degree research

Research with us to make an important contribution to your field and positively impact the common good.

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Contact ACU Research

Contact us to find out more about our policies and procedures, and our work in the areas of research ethics, integrity, and compliance.

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