Research at VU is multidisciplinary and follows an integrated and applied approach. We work closely with industry and government partners as well as other research institutes to develop solutions and solve real-world problems.

This page lists the primary contacts for key research institutes, services, groups and centres at Victoria University.

General research enquiries

+61 3 9919 6100

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VU Research leadership

Professor Andrew Hill

Executive Officer

Steve Gauci
Phone: +61 3 9919 5006
Email: [email protected]

Bree Nicholas

Acting Director, Research Services

Phone: +61 3 9919 5672
Email: [email protected]

Dr David Day

Phone: +61 3 9919 5797
Email: [email protected]

Research institutes

Researchers in our institutes and centres collaborate with industry and community partners to advance specialised fields of knowledge. Their research benefits local and global industry and communities as well as VU’s teaching and learning activities.

All of our research activities are aligned with two interdisciplinary flagship research themes, delivered through six research focus areas.

Institute for Health and Sport undertakes research in sport, health and active living. It incorporates and builds upon some of the research undertaken at VU prior to 2018 by ISEAL (Institute for Sport, Exercise and Active Living) and Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CCD).

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 2685
Street address: Building P, Room P136, Footscray Park Campus
Postal address: Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University PO Box 14428 Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia.

Executive Director

Professor Alex Parker
Phone: +61 3 9919 5874
Email: [email protected]

Deputy Director Research Training

Professor John Price
Phone: +61 3 9919 2046
Mobile: +61 481 006 069
Email: [email protected]

Executive Officer

Amanda Rea
Phone: +61 3 9919 2685
Email: [email protected]

Administration Officer

Emma McIntosh
Phone: +61 3 9919 5790
Email: [email protected]

Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities incorporates and builds upon some of the research undertaken at VU prior to 2018 by:

  • Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
  • Centre for Applied Informatics (CAI)
  • Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning (VI)
  • Victoria Institute for Strategic and Economic Studies (VISES).
  • Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW)
  • CESARE (Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering).

Phone: +61 3 9919 2136
Postal address: Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, Victoria University PO Box 14428 Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia.

Executive Director

Professor Stephen Gray
Phone: +61 3 9919 8097
Email: [email protected]

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Randall W Robinson
Phone: +61 3 9919 2885
Email: [email protected]

Executive Officer

Palmina Fichera
Phone: +61 3 9919 4707
Email: [email protected]

Administrative Officer

Meika Scholz
Phone: +61 3 9919 2136
Email: [email protected]

Mitchell Institute is one of the country’s leading education and health policy think tanks and trusted thought leaders. Its focus is on improving our education and health systems so more Australians can engage with and benefit from these services, supporting a healthier, fairer and more productive society.

Email: [email protected]
Street address: City Queen Campus
Postal address: Mitchell Institute, Victoria University PO Box 14428 Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia.

Mitchell Institute includes Australian Health Policy Collaboration, an initiative that brings together over 60 leading health organisations to drive progress in tackling chronic disease.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1874
Email: [email protected]
Postal address: Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Victoria University PO Box 14428 Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia.

Research centres

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.

CIRES undertakes large-scale survey and policy-related projects covering every state and territory in Australia and every sector of education and training.

It also undertakes international comparative research examining the features and performance of education systems around the world.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1889
Email: [email protected]
Street address: 300 Queen Street, City Campus
Postal address: Centre for International Research on Education Systems, Victoria University, Queen Street Campus, PO Box 14428, Melbourne VIC 8001.

Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) undertakes economic-modelling research for governments and businesses in many parts of the world.

CoPS are the creators of Australia's best known large-scale economic models, ORANI, MMRF and TERM. Versions of these models have been developed for over 25 countries, including the following:

  • USAGE model of the United States
  • INDOTERM model of Indonesia
  • CHINAGEM and SINOTERM models of the Peoples Republic of China
  • VNET model of Vietnam.

CoPS' economic-modelling software, GEMPACK, is licensed to users in around 70 countries.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1877
Email: [email protected]
Street address: Level 14, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Postal address: Victoria University, PO Box 14428, Melbourne VIC 8001.

Centre for Research on Business and Economics (CRBE) aims to promote collaborative research between Victoria University and the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing.

In Melbourne, the joint Centre is located in the Victoria University Business School at the City Campus.

Sir Zelman Cowen Centre was named in honour of Australia's former Governor-General and distinguished legal academic, the late Sir Zelman Cowen. The Centre provides legal education, training and research, as well as support services on law-related topics for industry, government and the community.

Online enquiries
Email: [email protected]
Street address: 295 Queen Street, City Campus
Postal address: Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University PO Box 14428 Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia.

Western Centre for Health Research and Education (Western CHRE) aims to create a dynamic, innovative and sustainable teaching, training and research precinct in western Melbourne.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4658
Email: [email protected]

Other groups

Moondai Balluk – Indigenous Academic Unit works across Aboriginal, non-governmental organisation and community spaces to deliver teaching, research and support to enhance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, wellbeing and empowerment.

Moondani Balluk is committed to an indigenous research agenda of pursuing social justice outcomes through research within a framework of decolonisation.

Phone: +61 3 9919 5681
Email: [email protected]
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Victoria Business Confucius Institute (VBCI) offers Chinese-language, business and cultural exchange, and facilitates China-focused scholarships and tours. We work with business, government, industry and educational and community partners to foster cultural understanding between Australian and Chinese people.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1951
Email: [email protected]
Street address: Building P, Room P136, Footscray Park Campus.

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