Research and innovation team

The research and innovation team leads our research strategy and supports our researchers in their vital work. It consists of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Graduate Research School and Research Services teams.

Professor Chris Hutchison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) (DVCRI) is responsible for the strategic research direction and overall research quality and performance of Federation University Australia.

Professor Chris Hutchison has a strong international research track record in biomedical sciences, ageing and health, with competitive grant income awarded from an impressive range of national and international government and philanthropic research agencies. Professor Hutchison is an experienced supervisor of higher degree by research (HDR) students and also holds a number of patents and licences on his inventions and materials.

Professor Hutchison holds a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences (University of Sussex) and a PhD in Biochemistry (University of London).

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The DVC R&I is supported by Research Services, Enterprise, and the Graduate Research School.

Ms Amy Hunter

Director, Research Innovation and Enterprise

Ms Amy Hunter is Federation University Australia’s Director of Research Innovation and Enterprise. Amy spent several years working at RMIT University, where she held the roles of acting Director of Research Translation and Associate Director of Intellectual Property and Commercialisation.

Amy contributes to and promotes the future growth strategy of innovative research, compliance and reporting at Federation University. She assists with establishing direction, leadership and building capacity for functional service delivery to schools and research centres, and to ensure that the critical interface of research activities is integrated and coordinated to create research impact.

As well as her experience in the higher education sector, Amy has extensive experience in senior management positions including her time with IP Australia in the Patent Analytics Hub and also Highgate Early Learning Centre. She is also a qualified Patent Attorney.

Professor Wendy Wright

Dean, Graduate Studies

Professor Wendy Wright is Dean of the Graduate Research School at Federation University Australia.

Wendy’s research is focussed at the intersection between human populations, modified landscapes, wildlife and wild places; and is informing the development of evidence-based environmental management policy in Australia and internationally. She has worked in collaboration with the Victorian State Government to understand the effects of fire and harvesting on wildlife in public forests.  Other work in Australia is focused on the effects of past and present ecological disturbances on species of interest (i.e. rare, threatened species, important populations or invasive species) including Strzelecki Gum, Sallow Wattle, Koala and Sambar Deer.  International collaborations include projects in China (investigating the biodiversity value of reconstructed forests in Sichuan Province), Indonesia (the role of Rattan agroforestry in biodiversity conservation) and Nepal (the role of women in Nepalese forestry governance, addressing human-tiger conflict in subsistence farming communities and contributing to training of wildlife guides in Bardia and Chitwan National Parks).  An interest in local and traditional ecological knowledge has led to collaborations with historians and sociologists and to projects which examine the historical use of fire in ecosystem management by Indigenous Australians in Victoria; and the role of traditional ecological knowledge in managing protected areas in the Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in China. Important themes in Wendy’s research include: Wildlife conservation; disturbance ecology, conservation in highly modified environments and ecological anthropology.

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Professor Andrew Barton

Associate Dean, Research Training International, and Partnerships

Professor Andrew Barton is Associate Dean, Research Training International, and Partnerships and the Discipline Leader (Science and Engineering), providing overall academic leadership for the geoscience, mathematics, and various engineering discipline areas. As head of the science and engineering disciplines, Andrew is also a member of the School’s executive team.

Andrew’s other substantive position is as a Professor in Water Engineering. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Tasmania in the area of experimental fluid mechanics (near wall flows and surface roughness) and civil engineering hydraulics (hydropower systems). He also holds an MEngSc by research from Monash University where he worked on fishway hydraulics and numerical modeling techniques. He has since worked for over ten years in both the water industry and academia in senior engineering, lecturing, and management roles developing a national and international profile in water resources engineering and hydraulics.

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Graduate Research School

The role of the Graduate Research School is to support Higher Degree by Research programs across the university and to develop and implement policies relating to Higher Degrees by Research.

Research Services

Research Services facilitates and supports research in the wider University community. It ensures that research is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, and develops and implements research and research training policies.

Research Services is responsible for the administration of research:

Contact us

For research enquiries or to find an expert, get in touch with our research and innovation team.