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 Mike Brooks | Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Mike Brooks, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research)
    Professor Mike Brooks
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor and
    Vice-President (Research)

    Professor Mike Brooks has held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) since 2008. He took on the additional role of Provost in 2018, responsible for oversight of the University’s five faculties. As a leading international researcher, he has made fundamental contributions in artificial intelligence, computer vision and robotics. Professor Brooks has published over 120 papers in computer vision, image analysis and surveillance, with over 5200 Google Scholar citations. He has held visiting scholar/professor positions at many international institutions, including the University of Oxford, MIT, INRIA, Fraunhofer-Karlsruhe, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Gunma University in Japan.

    His work has seen application in areas that include defence, health, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing. Intelligent video surveillance technologies developed by his team have seen wide commercial use in the security industries and have won international awards. The computer vision group he created at the University of Adelaide lives on in the guise of the internationally eminent Australian Institute for Machine Learning.

    Professor Brooks has extensive experience in research leadership and management, having developed and implemented the University research strategic vision. He established the University of Adelaide’s six flagship research institutes, and has overseen the University’s rapid rise up the international rankings and outstanding showing in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scheme. He created ThincLab Adelaide, a leading-edge innovation hub for startups and entrepreneurs, and is responsible for postgraduate activities which result in over 400 PhD and Masters graduations per annum. He has in addition steered some major international partnerships with the likes of Nottingham, North Carolina State and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities.

    He is a former chair of the Go8 Committee of Deputy Vice-Chancellors Research, and served on the NHMRC National Code Review Committee, advising on Australia’s new research integrity framework. He has in his career served for 8 years on Australian Research Council grant award panels.

    He served on the boards of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute. He served for almost 10 years on the board of National ICT Australia (NICTA), the forerunner of Data 61.

    Professor Brooks is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

    From March 2017 to January 2018, Professor Brooks led the University of Adelaide as interim Vice-Chancellor and President.

  • Professor Julie Owens | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy)

    Professor Julie Owens, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy)
    Professor Julie Owens
    Pro Vice-Chancellor
    (Research Strategy)

    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.

    From March 2017 to January 2018, Professor Owens was 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.

  • Professor Bruce Northcote | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement)

    Noel Lindsay
    Professor Bruce Northcote
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement)

    Professor Bruce Northcote is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement) within the Division of Research & Innovation at the University of Adelaide where he is responsible for providing leadership in achieving the University's strategic goals in relation to industry engagement and commercial partnerships.

    Professor Northcote has oversight of Adelaide Enterprise, Research and Business Partnerships, and our two current Research Themes (Defence and Security, and Food Innovation), together with other strategic projects supporting research engagement.

    Professor Northcote is also CEO of TelAri Analytics, a commercialisation venture that was derived from research he led whilst Director of the Teletraffic Research Centre (TRC). His Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, specialising in queueing network theory, was undertaken at the same centre he was later to lead.

    Following completion of his postgraduate studies and a short post-doctoral role at the TRC, Professor Northcote spent nearly 6 years working in the US telecommunications industry as a system architect, pre-sales consulting engineer, performance test engineer and primary company representative on international telecommunications standardisation bodies such as ANSI-T1S1, the IETF, ATM Forum and ITU. Many of his technical contributions to those bodies have been incorporated into international standards that govern how telecommunications devices and networks operate today.

    After returning to Australia and prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2002, Professor Northcote was a consultant for BSN Consulting Pty Ltd and Telic Australia Pty Ltd, working on projects for customers ranging from Vodafone Australia, Telstra, Telcordia (USA), Viridien (USA), and the Victorian Department of Justice. He has published over 20 refereed journal and conference papers, is a senior member of IEEE and was an accredited ATM Forum Ambassador for several years.

    Professor Northcote has incredibly broad experience working in and with industry and academia.

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.

  • 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 acollaborative incorporated Not For Profit company between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia.

    eRSA exists to support the advancement of research and innovation by providing market leading IT platforms and whole solutions to university research,government and business sectors in South Australia.

    By providing access to a suite of advanced technology solutions and services that are reliable, easy to use and secure, eRSA enables all researchers to explore new and innovative research opportunities that would not otherwise be accessible. The University of Adelaide is the host for eResearch SA.