Monash Research


Our research under this theme relate to doing business in an increasingly globalised marketplace. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach and includes everything from banking and finance through to customer behaviour and international trade. The main research centre contributing research to this theme is the Centre for Global Business, which comprises six research groups. In addition, researchers from across our seven departments also conduct research under this theme.

Our main contributing research capabilities in global business include, but are not limited to:

  • Banking and finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Data analysis and forecasting
  • Consumer behaviour
  • International trade
  • International HRM


Protein structural bioinformatics - Proteins are macromolecules of life responsible for almost all biological and cellular activities in living organism. Research in this area focuses on challenging problems at the forefront of computational research in structural biology, supporting the elucidation of the three-dimensional structures of proteins and the discovery of principles of protein architecture, function and evolution.

Other related areas include Genomics of Disease, Systems Biology Graphical Notation (SBGN) and Computational Ecology.


This flagship encompasses research into innovative data management, storage and indexing techniques as well as addressing the challenge of keeping data secure in the rapidly changing and increasingly online data ecosphere.

This research programme investigates the mathematical and practical foundations of learning models from data. The research provides the engine for the Data Science Centre and the core expertise behind the Data Science courses at Monash University.

The aim is to develop optimisation and visualisation technology that can help people make better, more informed decisions. This will enable decision makers in large and small organisations to improve the quality and efficiency of their services. The most difficult and important decision problems are often combinatorial optimisation problems, where we must find a combination of choices that satisfies certain constraints and optimises some objective.


Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI) - Research that helps the development of individuals, organisations, and society through human-centred design and deployment of information and communication technologies.

Centre for Data Science - Ever growing data assets bring numerous opportunities for better understanding of existing processes, forecasting and creation of more effective and productive processes, together with ever greater need for effective and efficient data management and processing.

Monash Swarm Robotic Laboratory - Monash Swarm Robotics Laboratory is developing cutting edge swarm robotics technology for quad copter drones, climbing and ground moving robots.


Health and well-being themed research has a particular focus on topics ranging from public health to superannuation and retirement.  The main research centres that contribute research to this theme are the Centre for Health Economics and the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability. There are also numerous researchers from across our seven departments who undertake research under this theme.

Our main contributing research capabilities in health and well-being include, but are not limited to:

  • Public health
  • Ageing
  • Equity and diversity
  • Risky behaviour
  • superannuation and retirement
  • Health systems management and innovation


Research topics under the sustainability and development theme range from developing economies through to workforce management. The main research centres that contribute research under this theme are the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability and the Centre for Health Economics. Researchers from across our seven departments also conduct research under this theme.

Our main contributing research capabilities in sustainability and development include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing economies
  • Water management
  • Sustainability and environment
  • Workforce/management development
  • Finance and development

Available funding options:

International students face unique challenges in beginning their research studies, which is why we offer a range of scholarships to make research at Monash more accessible.

All available scholarships can be found here.


Available postdoc and other research positions and projects:

All vacancies within the faculty of IT can be found here.

Researcher's Spotlight

Campbell Wilson
Information Technology
Key research areas:
Information retrieval, digital forensics

Short facts/ Overview:
Campbell Wilson is a senior lecturer and Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. His PhD was in the area of probabilistic modeling of image databases. He has since published in a range of areas, including: information retrieval, privacy-enhancing technologies, health information provision, user interface design and content-based image databases. He has supervised a number of PhD candidates to completion, and currently supervises PhD projects in diverse areas such as forensic data mining, information retrieval, dynamic adaptation of websites, musical genre recognition and region-based image retrieval. He co-leads the Faculty’s research flagship in data systems and cybersecurity.

Why did you choose your field of research? What is driving you?
I originally studied science (specifically, applied mathematics). Since I've always had a passion for exploring the ways in which science and technology can improve the lives of people, the progression into IT was a natural one. I believe technology should always be seen in a human context, so I'm driven not just by a wish to understand how to improve algorithms and software but also by a wish to ensure technologies are used ethically and for everyone's ultimate benefit.

Why do you think your research area is important?
Given the ever-increasing amount of stored data in the world, there are enormous gains to be made by building better computational algorithms that can improve the indexing and retrieval of this data efficiently. Mining this data can also give us insights that can be used for better planning for the future.    

What do do you like best/ most supervising postgraduate research?
Working with keen research students is always a great experience for me.   The best thing about it is seeing how they grow during the process, in particular as their work is published and they begin networking with the broader research community.   The ultimate reward is seeing them graduate and celebrating with them their amazing achievements, knowing they are the part of the next generation of research leaders.

What makes a successful supervisor and student partnership?
Such partnerships are all about respecting the student's ideas and passions while providing guidance and mentorship.     Communication is vitally important.    The research journey is intellectually challenging and I always try to encourage students to maintain a good balance between their work and their outside life so that they can get the most out of themselves during the process.

How important is international research experience for young researchers?

International research experience is always a huge bonus. Modern research work doesn't happen in isolation, and teams often work across country boundaries. So having an international experience as part of a research degree gives students a massive head start. Not only do they develop connections early on which will be useful to them later, but they start to appreciate different approaches to problems in addition to being exposed to a variety of research cultures. Of course there's also the natural benefit of having a broader view of life!

Available PhD/ research projects:
I'm always happy to hear from prospective research students interested in the broad areas of information retrieval, data science and digital forensics.