The Office of Research will facilitate research activity by staff and candidates through the provision of effective and efficient support services.
To be a respected and recognised provider of excellent service to researchers, candidates, business and industry, colleagues and the community, in order to enable CQUniversity to become the primary provider of research to the region. We will enhance the University's research profile nationally in areas of research strength, in turn increasing the attractiveness of CQUniversity to potential candidates and high calibre researchers.
Professor Chad Hewitt is responsible for the University's research and research training objectives. Professor Hewitt's focus is on strategies for CQUniversity to further enhance its current research strengths through identifying and developing new areas of expertise with relevance to the community, government and industry partners and stakeholders. Professor Hewitt encourages innovation and a strong research culture across CQUniversity through integration of research with the University's learning and teaching programs, and strategic leadership across the research Institutes and Centres.
Professor Hewitt's research background is in marine ecology and his research portfolio revolves around the role humans play in changing the natural world, particularly in marine systems, and how natural science can influence management and policy. In particular, his primary focus is on how humans transfer species around the globe, the consequences of those movements in ecological and evolutionary context, and the ways that we can predict, prevent and/or mitigate the impacts of these novel species. Professor Hewitt has participated in capacity building activities for governance and biosecurity frameworks with small island states and other developing countries throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans.