We are committed to protecting Country with high-impact social-justice and translational research. Our research strength and reputation has been built over two decades and provides a strong foundation for life-changing and world-changing research outcomes.
Research with impact
Research institutes & centres
Our research institutes and centres are leading the way in pioneering responses to environmental and social challenges.
Institute for Health & Sport
The Institute for Health and Sport focuses on the health and wellbeing of people and communities. It encompasses research in exercise science, active living, chronic disease, biomedical sciences, technology, nursing, community health, psychology, public health, sport performance and sport in society.
Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES)
Education is the primary social determinant of healthier communities and improved life outcomes. The Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) conducts strategic research that identifies how well education systems work, for whom, and how they can be improved to work well for all.
Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS)
CoPS undertakes policy-modelling research for government agencies around the world. CoPS models and modelling software are used to study diverse planetary health topics, including: greenhouse gas abatement; water supply and use; climate change impacts and mitigation; education and health; gender impacts of policy; poverty and income distribution; food security; agriculture, forestry and fishing policy; sustainable building and urban policy; resources and energy policy; integrated economic-environment modelling; economic development; transport and infrastructure; and droughts, fires, pandemics and other disasters.
Our Indigenous communities have demonstrated a commitment to planetary health for more than 50,000 years – long recognising the interdependence between the land and its people and our deep responsibilities as custodians of the land for future generations. Moondani Balluk is committed to an Indigenous research agenda of pursuing social justice outcomes through research within a framework of decolonisation.
Sustainable development goals
VU has made a strategic commitment to protecting Country and addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at every opportunity.
The 17 SDGs align with VU’s strong tradition of social justice and our moral purpose of transforming the lives of students and communities. We are holding ourselves accountable for protecting Country and contributing to the SDGs through our research.