Research Focus Areas
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.
Equity, wellbeing and social inclusion in our communities
Solutions for the global challenges of securing food, water and environmental integrity
Health and better performance in sport, exercise and rehabilitation
Human mobility, societies and social and cultural change
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):
- attracting, supporting and motivating staff
- improving the experiences of higher degree by research students
- communicating excellence
- focusing resources
- providing information to help us improve.