Macquarie University leads nation in 11 research fields
Macquarie University leads nation in 11 research fields


Macquarie University leads nation in 11 research fields

November 21, 2022

An impressive number of Macquarie researchers have been named as leaders in their fields in The Australian 2023 Research Magazine published on 9 November.

Eight staff, representing all four faculties, were identified as research field leaders, highlighting the breadth of research excellence at Macquarie. Our University was named top research institution in 11 fields, including accounting and taxation, acoustics and sound, early childhood learning, and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

This is the fifth year The Australian has created the list of the nation’s top researchers and institutions in 250 fields, based on the number of citations given by peers to research published in top journals. Information about the methodology is available in the magazine.

Macquarie was also included in the magazine’s ‘top entrepreneurial universities’ list, based on the number of venture capital-funded start-ups founded by graduates (and adjusting for size). The result reflects the success of the Macquarie University Incubator in nurturing innovation and generating investment for start-ups, including the newly launched gene therapy company Celosia Therapeutics.

Discipline area Field Top researcher in field
Physics and Mathematics Astronomy and astrophysics Associate Professor Richard McDermid
Life Sciences and Earth Sciences Insects and arthropods Professor Phil Taylor
Business, Economics and Management Accounting and taxation Professor Johannes Dumay
Health and Medical Sciences Otolaryngology Clinical Professor Richard Harvey
Health and Medical Sciences Plastic and reconstructive surgery Professor Anand Deva
Humanities, Literature and Arts Epistemology and scientific history Dr Jelle Bruineberg, Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy
Humanities, Literature and Arts Philosophy Dr Jelle Bruineberg, Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy
Life Sciences and Earth Sciences Animal behaviour and ethology Professor Martin Whiting
Physics and Mathematics Geometry Professor Xuan Duong


Macquarie is the top Australian research institution in 11 research fields:

  • Acoustics and sound
  • Accounting and taxation
  • Animal behaviour and ethology
  • Computational linguistics
  • Early childhood education
  • Epistemology and scientific history
  • Foreign language learning
  • Geometry
  • Otolaryngology
  • Philosophy
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery


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