Research Focus Areas

AgriBio building at night, La Trobe University

La Trobe's research strategy encourages innovation, specialisation and collaboration.

La Trobe University has a fine history as an excellent university with an enduring social conscience. As part of our Future Ready strategy, our plan is to grow and develop La Trobe's traditional leadership in areas of research, scholarship and learning that matter to the Australian community. Having taken a detailed investigation of our capabilities and strengths, we have identified five Research Focus Areas (RFAs) and seven Disciplinary Research Programs (DRPs). Read a downloadable summary of all our RFAs here.

La Trobe Staff - additional important information on the RFAs and DRPs can be found on the staff intranet.

Building healthy communities

Equity, wellbeing and social inclusion in our communities

Securing food, water and the environment

Solutions for the global challenges of securing food, water and environmental integrity

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Health and better performance in sport, exercise and rehabilitation

Transforming Human Societies

Human mobility, societies and social and cultural change

Understanding disease

Disease from molecular, cellular, individual and population perspectives

These RFAs and DRPs have all now been set up.

Details about the five pillars of our research excellence strategy can be found in the Research Plan 2013–2017 (PDF 592KB):

  1. attracting, supporting and motivating staff
  2. improving the experiences of higher degree by research students
  3. communicating excellence
  4. focusing resources
  5. providing information to help us improve.