Division & Leadership

The Division of Research & Innovation provides research and research education services and infrastructure supporting the development of world-class research, both nationally and internationally, and encouraging engagement with the broader community.

  • Professor Julie Owens | Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Julie Owens, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy)
    Professor Julie Owens
    Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor &
    Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Julie Owens commenced in the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy) on 15 June 2015. Professor Owens is internationally eminent in the research areas of pregnancy, regulation of placental and foetal growth and the developmental origins of health and disease. She has initiated many key local, national and international strategic linkages, in the health and medical science area. During her time as Head of one of the University's strongest research schools, we saw Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine receive the only '5' rating in Australia for this discipline in both ERA 2010 and ERA 2012.

    Professor Owens has a deep understanding of research strategy, with considerable experience in managing major research collaborations, generating prestigious outputs, and attracting research funding. She has also had valuable involvement in national and international competitive research peer review, with the ARC College of Experts, the NHMRC Academy and various grant and fellowship panels.

    Joining the University as an ARC QEII Fellow in1987, Professor Owens subsequently held the roles of an NHMRC Research Fellow, Head of the Discipline of Physiology and inaugural Head of the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, as well as being the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Professor Owen's current external roles include Vice-President of the Development Origins of Health and Disease ANZ Society, which she helped establish as a chapter of the international society. She also helped establish links with and currently participates in various international research collaborations, including the EU Early Nutrition FP7-Funded Research Program, the MRC University of Bristol Integrative Epidemiology Unit and the International Weight Management in Pregnancy Consortia.

    Commencing on 4 March 2017, Professor Owens is seconded as Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research).

  • Professor John Williams | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations)

    Professor John Williams, Art (Hons), LLB, PhD, - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operation)
    Professor John Williams
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations)

    John Williams joined the University of Adelaide in 1997. He holds a PhD in Law from the Australian National University, an Arts (Hons) (UTas) and LLB (UNSW). He is admitted as a solicitor in NSW. Professor Williams has held a number of appointments and fellowships including at the Menzies Research Centre, Kings College London (2002), ANU College of Law (2004-5) and a Harold White Fellow, National Library of Australia (2014).

    Professor Williams' main research interests are in the area of public law and in particular Australian constitutional law, the High Court of Australia, comparative constitutional law, federalism and legal history. He has held a number of Australian Research Council and national competitive grants. He is currently the Director of the South Australian Law Reform Institute.

    Prior to his appointment as the Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Williams was Dean of the Adelaide Law School and Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions. He holds the Dame Roma Mitchell Chair of Law.

  • Professor Noel Lindsay | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship)

    Noel Lindsay
    Professor Noel Lindsay
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship)

    Professor Noel Lindsay joined the University of Adelaide in 2006. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), he provides oversight, vision, and leadership across a range of entrepreneurial programs designed to have impact and that deliver social and economic benefits. He plays a key role in building further momentum in promoting an entrepreneurial and innovative culture within the University, directly supporting the aims of the University’s research strategy, Adelaide Research for Impact.

    Noel is also Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University of Adelaide and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation. In addition, he has has held the positions of Academic Director Singapore Operations, Head of the School of Marketing and Management, and Acting Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion.

    Noel has a PhD in Commerce from the University of Queensland and is a Chartered Accountant and a CPA. In these capacities, he worked in the areas of audit and then corporate insolvency. His entrepreneurial experience encompasses private equity, as a Director of an Australian venture capital fund, and co-founding business ventures in Australia, South Africa, and Malaysia.

Key responsibilities

  • Recruit and retain outstanding researchers.
  • Attract an increased cohort of talented higher degree by research students and ensure they successfully complete their research programs.
  • Develop and enhance high quality research facilities.
  • Encourage an appetite for addressing the big research challenges.
  • Support an ethos of innovation, engagement, and translation.
  • Encourage research and the associated production of research outputs at the highest international standard.
  • Enter into mutually beneficial partnerships with high quality research organisations.
  • Maintain responsive, strategic and supportive research management.
  • Achieve the research targets set out in the University Strategic Plan.


  • Office of DVC&VP(R)

    The Office of the DVC&VP(R) provides direct support for the DVC&VP(R), and oversight of the implementation of the Research and Research Training aspects of the University Strategic Plan and manages the Research Budget.

    The Office also hosts the Corporate Research Systems team, responsible for the Operational Research Business Information Tool (ORBIT), and the Animal Welfare Officer. who provides oversight of animal welfare across the University.

  • Research Services

    The Research Services provides pre- and post- award services to the University's research community in relation to external competitive research grants and postdoctoral fellowships, and provide leadership in industry engagement through the Business Partnerships team.

    They support research compliance related activities including Human Research Ethics, Animal Ethics, Gene Technology regulation (Institutional Biosafety Committee) and Quarantine; Oversees the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) research publications data collection on behalf of the University; Provides administrative support for the University Research Committee and; Provides advice on relevant University research policies.

  • Adelaide Graduate Centre

    The Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) is responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University of Adelaide.

    It is the starting point for prospective research students, providing information about the process of admission and scholarship application and enrolment, and the support centre for current research students in their management of candidature, providing the tools to assist in planning and managing their research education.

    The AGC operates under the leadership of the Dean of Graduate Studies, who also convenes the Research Education and Development Committee (REDC).

  • Adelaide Enterprise

    Adelaide Enterprise deliver University technologies to the market that create a positive impact on society and in turn bring benefits to the University to support its research activities and ongoing innovation.

  • ThincLab

    ThincLab is the place where unconventional thinkers can give their ideas an unfair advantage.

    It’s home to the creative thinkers, the rule-breakers, the challengers. The ones who see the world differently, and for whom ideas are everything and the future is unlimited.

    ThincLab has three locations in Adelaide, Châlons, France & Singapore.

  • Adelaide Microscopy

    Adelaide Microscopy is a centrally located facility and consulting service offering a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis to universities, research institutions and industry.

    Our expert staff - among the best in their field - have many years of accumulated knowledge in microscopy and experience in the biological and materials sciences, and understand the need for accurate analysis and application of the most suitable technique to solve the most demanding problems.

  • Laboratory Animal Services

    Laboratory Animal Services supports the biomedical research community through the delivery of best practice, and world standard laboratory animal services.

Joint venture

  • eResearch SA

    eResearch SA is a collaborative unincorporated joint-venture between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. It provides services in high performance computing, data management and storage, research collaboration and visualisation for researchers in the State. The University of Adelaide is the host for eResearch SA.