Research Clusters

RMIT's research clusters are multidisciplinary, challenge-based groups of researchers who take advantage of the inter-relationship of research areas between our schools.

In a constantly changing and complex research landscape, complementary expertise from many disciplines is often needed to address societal needs. In this context, RMIT Vietnam structures its research through the identification of “research clusters” based on our established and emerging strengths.

RMIT Vietnam research directions will continue to evolve through developing and expanding research collaborations at institutional, regional, national and international levels.

Business and Management

Focuses on methods, theories and applications of contemporary economics/finance to development economics with special emphasis on emerging market economies.  

Researchers in the Scholarship of Learning in Higher Education and Organisations engage in research in two main areas:

  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Learning and development in organisations. The cluster produces knowledge to enhance the learning of students in higher education institutions and employees in organisations.

This group focuses on entrepreneurial activities that solve problems by producing a solution, product, service, or process that adds value to the marketplace. A further focus is the impact of entrepreneurship, innovation, and digital transformation across countries and time.

Members of this cluster engage in entrepreneurship research that spans many disciplinary fields and study the effects entrepreneurship, innovation, and digital transformation on people, markets, organisations, countries, cultures, and environments.

This group focuses on applied multidisciplinary research that uses information, modelling, and analytics to develop and apply internationally integrated logistics solutions and sustainable supply chain networks domestically and globally.

The focus is on both grounded theory and empirical studies with local industry, developing best practices drawn largely from industrial applications and needs.

This research addresses relevant issues in the field of tourism and hospitality with rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods.

The main focus is on tourist behaviour and decision making, destination image and branding, measuring tourism performance and consumer culture theory.

Other broad ranges on the topic are:

  • Tourism studies;
  • Hospitality studies

Communication and Design

This cluster engages creative research projects and partnerships to effect spatial and social change in the urban realm.

This cluster encompasses the study and production of moving images from short format works. Covering the gamut from web content,TVCs and short films, to the production of documentaries and feature films.

This interdisciplinary cluster harnesses strategic, applied and critical research into the evolution of media, content and communication, and the impact of online, mobile and social platforms.

The cluster investigates the interdisciplinary applications of mixed reality across the communication, design, and social context spheres. 

Examines issues and challenges relating to sustainable development and the use of materials, production and processes in the creative industries. 

Explores visual, typographic and graphic issues and trends specifically related to the visual culture of Vietnam - both historical and into the future.

Science and Technology

This cluster investigates different aspects of an intelligent, user-friendly adaptive urban system with interconnected elements and a strong relationship between all stakeholders, such as people, government, infrastructure and business.

The focus is predominantly on the practical applications of smart cities such as:

  • Reduction of resources consumption, particularly water and energy;
  • Shorter and easier ways to develop and introduce modern services;
  • Improvement of commercial enterprises by utilising real-time status of the city and its infrastructure;
  • Sustainable and agile transport design and improvement on current city environments.

This cluster conducts interdisciplinary research that addresses the theoretical issues and practical implications of computing technologies, including their design, development methodologies, and impacts on industry and society.

The research interests and expertise of the School of Science and Technology scholars in this cluster cover the following areas:

  • Enterprise application development and integration;
  • Computer and cyber security;
  • Large scale and complex system design;
  • Societal modelling;
  • Data analytics;
  • Human-computer interactions;
  • Management information systems;
  • Semiconductor modelling, test and design;
  • STEM education.

The demand for high quality products and greater productivity has pushed manned manufacturing processes to their maximum possible output as production strives to meet demand.

Traditionally industrialists have maintained round-the-clock factories to catch-up with demand, which has proven un-economical.

Recently, effort has shifted to concentrate on the automation of these processes but implementation has been slow, as its benefits are rather long-term.

Expertise within this cluster area focuses on the following topics:   

  • Condition monitoring,
  • predictive maintenance and fault diagnosis;
  • Machining;
  • Conformal cooling (FEA, thermal & structural analysis);
  • Rapid product development & associated technologies;
  • Marine devices & structures