Impact & engagement
Our researchers don't just stop at knowledge creation. We work with partners from business, government, academia and community to turn our cutting-edge research into practical solutions, with impact spanning the globe. Our research application ranges from developing new products, services and processes to improving quality and efficiency, and promoting social and economic development.
Alongside our global reach, research at Murdoch University strives to be relevant to all Western Australians, particularly those living in regional areas. Our research institutes have been designed to engage strongly with our regions, as it is in these areas, outside the Perth metropolitan area, where our research can have the strongest impact, improving on-ground management, policy and health outcomes.
We partner with government and local organisations to translate our research into actionable outcomes, including the Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and the PEEL Development Commission. Our own research initiatives also focus on these areas, such as the Aquatic Megafauna Research Unit and the Ngangk Yira Research Centre.
Murdoch University undertakes a wide range of defence related research that involves close collaboration with communities, industries and government. As a member of the Defence Industry Security Program and the Team WA group of universities that coordinate on defence research activities, we welcome new partners in this area.
Impact case studies
Here are some examples of practical research undertaken by Murdoch's expert researchers.
Building resilience in teachers
‘Caring professions’ such as teaching can have an emotional toll, leading to high stress levels and career burnout. But tools to develop resilience and healthy engagement strategies are now only a click away.
Improving mine closure planning in Africa
Mines don’t last forever, but the benefits they bring to local communities don’t have to disappear when the ore does. Mine closure planning can turn an environmental and social liability into a new opportunity.
Dealing with dieback
Dieback disease is one of the biggest threats facing our native bush, and human activity is responsible for its spread. Tools developed to contain and control it in Western Australia are now being used to combat it worldwide.
Ecosensitive wastewater treatment
Wastewater treatment is about more than removing the solids and the ‘ick’ factor. Removing soluble nutrients is increasingly important, especially when the treated wastewater is returned to sensitive ecosystems.