Our research

UTS is a young university with a focus on applied, impact-driven research that shapes the world we live in. We believe in practical innovation—in driving change and finding practical solutions to issues of national and international importance. Our research is divided into six theme areas that are responsive to global research priorities.

Future services, industries and productivity

Services make up a critical component of the Australian economy. Technology allows a revolutionary approach both to the delivery of services and in traditional industries such as manufacturing. UTS researchers in areas such as robotics, IT and nano-materials are defining and supporting the next generation of Australian industry and services.

Communication and intelligent systems

UTS brings together a range of disciplines to tackle issues that are fundamental to society — how we communicate and share information. This diverse theme examines new ways to draw insight from oceans of data, understanding and leveraging the communication protential of new media and technologies, to designing real-time intelligent systems.

Health futures

UTS researchers are improving the quality and safety of health care with specific strengths in developing biotechnology and medical devices, evaluating health systems and services to improve practice and generating meaningful economic analyses to take health into the future.

Sustainability and the built environment

UTS research spans areas from climate, water, energy, health and built environment, enabling us to provide holistic research approaches to environmental issues and policies.

Creative Industries and Civil Societies

This theme draws together researchers from the arts and social sciences, design and the sciences to give a unique perspective on cultures, creative practice, knowledge and learning and cultural change, in particular the impact of technology upon society and the characteristics that effect social cohesion and cultural change and the opportunities for creativity and creative industries.

Business innovation

This theme draws together world-leading research in fundamental discipline areas such as finance, economics, accounting, marketing and management with innovative cross-disciplinary approaches to the role of business and public policy in addressing key economic, social and environmental problems.

Other research centres

Research structure