Commitment to Research

The pursuit of knowledge is a central driver for Torrens University Australia. We aim to develop distinctive research and research training with enduring global and national significance.

Torrens University Australia is an Australian university with a national presence, embedded within Laureate Education Network’s Asia, Africa and Middle East (AMEA) region. Our research derives meaning from the social, economic, cultural and environmental context of our unique geographical place in the world, while being connected to a global network of researchers. We develop distinctive research and research training programs with enduring global and national impact and significance. We aim for excellence in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that focuses on sustainable solutions to key societal challenges.

Our research outputs are designed to advance knowledge that positively contributes to social justice and wellbeing, improved health outcomes, the provision of inclusive education, strong governance systems, innovative and vibrant economies, and positive social transformation. Our distinctive approach to real-world applications for our research ensures it has maximum impact. We embrace engaged scholarship. Our practice-informed research approach starts with the needs of industry, community, professional bodies, government and other stakeholders in Australia and overseas, engaging them in the research process as co-researchers, collaborators, partners, end-users and advisers.


To guide the development of a distinctive research culture, Torrens University Australia launched its inaugural Research Plan in 2016. The Plan establishes a platform for engaging with industry, community, professional bodies, government and other stakeholders in Australia and the region, as well as our overseas partners. It opens up a range of new opportunities to serve our communities and build a strong research presence nationally and internationally.


Research Themes

The Torrens University Research Plan sets out four priority research themes which draw their inspiration from key global challenges:

  • Education futures
  • Supporting livelihoods, innovation and vibrant economies
  • Health futures, positive ageing and wellbeing
  • Sustainable governance and transformations

Research Centres

Torrens University Australia hosts the Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU), which is committed to providing information on a broad range of health and other determinants across the lifespan. PHIDU has been funded by the Australian Government since 1999 and focuses on the publication of small area statistics:

  • For monitoring inequality in health and wellbeing.
  • For supporting planning and research to improve population health outcomes.

The web-based data source provided by PHIDU is unique in Australia and freely available for the public to use in the form of interactive atlases and graphs, supported by data tables and metadata.

Current Research Projects

Torrens is currently developing a range of collaborative projects with key research partners, including other universities in Australia and overseas, non-government organisations, government bodies and corporate partners. Several of these projects are focused on improving health outcomes for particular groups, including in the context of an ageing population. A number of research projects are currently underway by staff and students including:

  • Health and ageing population
  • Education engagement
  • Employability
  • Teaching and learning

Industry Sponsorship and Collaboration

Last year, Torrens University Australia launched its industry-focused research course. Through membership of the Laureate International Universities network, Torrens has access to collaborative research resources around the world. The University is developing fundamental, strategic and applied research expertise in focused areas that are related to and inform the courses of study offered, not only advancing knowledge but with the potential to lead to international research collaborations and contribute to society.
We would like to hear from you if you want to sponsor a research project or research student, collaborate with Torrens research staff or provide supervision or assessment of higher degree students.


All staff, students and affiliates of Torrens University Australia must obtain appropriate ethical clearance before commencing any activity involving human research.​

Applications for our 2018 research courses are ongoing. Please click on the apply button or call a career advisor on 1300 575 803.