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Research strengths

CQUniversity seeks to become one of Australia's most Engaged Universities with an emphasis on globally relevant activity that benefits the Central Queensland region. The invigoration of research as one of the key pillars in CQUniversity's growth has focused on identifying key areas of research specialisation that will benefit the Central Queensland stakeholders. The Vice Chancellor's vision is for CQUniversity to become one of the top twenty institutions in Australia, recognised for its applied research that engages with key stakeholders.

Our focus has been to emphasise research with relevance to the region, involving aspects of regional development, growth in resource industries, environmental management, issues associated with quality health care in rural and regional communities, and education delivery specifically through use of modern technology.

Our research strengths and corresponding research focus are in the following areas: 

Healthy Behaviours at Work, Rest and Play

Psychology and Well-being 

Public Health and Health Promotion

  • Sleep and Biological Rhythms
  • Physical Activity
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Community and Disaster Resilience
  • Gambling and Addictive Behaviours
  • Health Promotion
  • Human Factors and Safety Science
  • Ageing and Health

Creative Arts 

Learning Equity, Access and Participation

  • Community Engaged Education, Training and Employability Pathways
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Regional Equity, Access and Participation
  • Resilience and Special Education
  • Scholarship of Learning and Teaching



  • Resource Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Workforce Management
  • Regional Tourism
  • Regional Development

Nursing Workforce, Education and Health service delivery 

Mental Health

Domestic Violence

  • Health Workforce Development
  • Quality and safety of health and aged care
  • Mental health nursing
  • Lived experience led mental health
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Simulation and innovative education

Railway Engineering

Smart Systems

Clean Energy


  • Railway Engineering, Technology and Innovation
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Clean Energy
  • Building Forensics and Civil Engineering
  • Mechatronics, automation and mobile technology
  • Engineering and Technology Education

Agricultural Systems

Environmental Systems

Exercise and Sports Science

Applied Medical Health

  • Agricultural management systems
  • Environmental monitoring and management
  • Medical and applied physiology
  • Advanced clinical practice

In the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise, CQUniversity Australia reported on 12 two-digit and 16 four-digit Fields of Research resulting in an ERA rating of World Class for Engineering (09) and Medical and Health Sciences (11), specifically in Nursing (1110). Changes to ERA in the 2012 exercise, coupled with the changes to CQUniversity staffing profile, resulted in a much stronger performance than in 2010.  CQUniversity reported on 15 two-digit and 21 four-digit Fields of Research with improvements in 40% of two-digit and 33% in four-digit Fields of Research. Our outcomes demonstrated equal to or much greater than World Class excellence in Mathematical Science (01), Agricultural and Veterinary Science (07), and Medical and Health Sciences (11) at the two-digit level, and Applied Mathematics (0102), Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (0701), Nursing (1110) and Other Medical and Health Sciences (1199). The outcome for our ERA 2015 submission will be known later this year.

These outcomes highlight the substantive investments in research made during the period of growth. Using the Scopus database (SciVal), we have demonstrable publication strengths in Mental Health Nursing, rated top in the world for our research outputs. Similarly, our Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Science and Applied Economics disciplines are recognised as in the top ten groupings based on Scopus publications.