Research focus

Murdoch is a research-led university, which focuses on multidisciplinary translational research with real-life impact. We apply new knowledge from the lab and insights from public policy debates to real world challenges, improving business, policy, practice and outcomes. Everything we do is focused on better serving society and supporting the environments we live in.


At Murdoch University, we engage with global challenges, the ‘wicked’ problems of the near future. Our rapidly evolving world has emerging complex problems with interconnected causes: climate change, land degradation, food and water security, minority group disadvantage, population growth and ageing, and emerging infectious disease.

To address these challenges, Murdoch research is a team effort crossing traditional discipline boundaries. We work across institutional, national and international borders. Much of our inspiration and innovation comes from our local community and industry-based partnerships, as well as our international collaborations.

Our research approach is detailed in our strategy and plans:

Research Mandala

Our specific strengths are focused across three broad themes.

Food security

As populations grow and the climate changes, our researchers are meeting the emerging challenges of global food production.

Explore our activities in food security

Health futures

Our research in this area spans a holistic view of ecosystem health to the specifics of precision human medicine.

Investigate our health research

Sustainable development

Studying and maintaining natural environments in the context of increasing human activity is a challenge our researchers are tackling from the cattle stations of the Kimberley to the gold mines of South Africa.

Discover our work on sustainable development