Victoria University has significant expertise in researching issues of importance, and in working with a range of government, industry and community groups across several key areas. These include: managing social diversity for the wellbeing of the community; integrated food value chain; medical biotechnology; health and the environment; physical activity; rehabilitation and health; globalisation; tourism and services management. In addition, the University supports a number of designated and potential Research Centres that undertake focussed research activities and have achieved significant external support from industry and Government.
Key Research Areas relevant to the field of non-medical biotechnology include
Centre for Bio-processing and Food Technology: Activities include biotechnology, including molecular biology and fermentation technology, food technology and environmental biotechnology.
Australian Food Marketing Centre: Activities include research and consultancies into the development of new food products and the market assessment for existing food products.
Centre for Packaging, Transportation and Storage: Areas of major research include bruise modelling of agricultural products in packaging systems during distribution; commercial solar grain cooling system; corrugated packaging for produce under modified atmosphere; dynamics of bulk carriers; effect of dynamic behaviour on fatigue of small closed containers for liquids. The Centre is also a core participant in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science.
Other designated Key Research Areas include Integrated Food Value Chain. Potential Key Research includes Medical Biotechnology, Health and the Environment.