About our Research Impact

For over 40 years, the University of Wollongong has created pathways for research to have beneficial impacts in the broader community. From its very beginning, UOW has encouraged and nurtured engagement with industry, community and government to tackle the most pressing challenges, introduce disruptive technologies and change our world for the better.

The University of Wollongong has formalised its commitment to meaningful change through the Research Impact Strategy White Paper. This documents outlines the University’s vision for supporting researcher development at UOW, addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strengthening our research engagement and impact. The implementation of the recommendations made in the Research Impact Strategy White Paper will ensure that the University’s research continues to make contributions to the economy, to society, the environment and to culture. Its researchers are committed to engaging with organisations and individuals outside of the University that will directly benefit from the results of the collaboration.

This site is designed to give UOW’s partners, stakeholders and the broader community interested in its work an introduction to the advances it’s making in engagement and real-world impact.

On this site you can explore:

Stories of engagement

Engaging with groups and people external to the University, our researchers nurture partnerships where mutual benefits can be realised. These profiles are drawn from various contributors and websites across UOW.

Impact case studies

Able to demonstrate economic, environmental or societal outcomes for multiple beneficiaries, our Impact case studies exhibit real-world change and reveal the people behind the research.

The Research Impact Strategy White Paper

The White Paper documents our journey and commitment to research impact and provides a mechanism to deliver our aspirations to grow and strengthen our impact with 19 institutional recommendations. The White Paper can be viewed here.

Impacting our world

UOW generates environmental impact by applying transformational research to make positive changes for the planet.

This is demonstrated by big-picture research spanning uncovering Australia’s human history, leading the implementation of sustainable building technologies, understanding environmental processes, supporting governments in marine resource management and tackling issues at the nexus of society and the environment.

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Global Impact

UOW generates far-reaching impacts by tackling global challenges to deliver real-world impact.

This is driven by our talented researchers who bring a global outlook, strong international connections and internationally recognised excellence to tackle cutting edge research challenges. Their work is supported by institution-wide initiatives such as the Global Challenges Program and the University Global Partnership Network.

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Regional Impact

UOW generates impacts closer to home by partnering with local communities to translate innovation into results.

We focus on the translation of research into tangible benefits for the wider community and an improved quality of life. UOW has built a strong research reputation and performance underpinned by a variety of factors, including our capacity to successfully foster collaborative partnerships with industry and maintain a strong focus on establishing linkages between our research community and regional, domestic and international partners.

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Partners for Impact

UOW generates societal impact by joining with our communities to bring innovative new ideas to life.
We are undertaking life-changing research spanning developing health and energy applications of electromaterials, working with local communities and government to reduce the stigma of dementia, understanding the molecular basis of disease and disease prevention, developing detectors and dosimeters for radiation medicine, and overcoming disadvantage to impact the lives of children.

Innovation through collaboration

UOW generates economic impact by engaging with industry, community and government to solve cutting edge problems.

This is driven by the development of breakthrough steel technologies for industry, improving quality and reliability in electricity supply, advancing technologies and strengthening industrial capacity for defence, and developing advanced materials for automotive, construction and biomedical applications.

Contact Us

To find out more visit the Research and Innovation Division (RaID) webpage


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