The University aims to achieve internationally acknowledged excellence in all forms of research and research training, from fundamental, curiosity driven work that adds to the stock of knowledge through to applied research that results in the transfer of University-generated knowledge and expertise to business, industry and the wider community in Australia and internationally. 

Sustainability is an integral part of the University’s research in many discipline areas, including energy, business, mining, food production, environment, urban planning and development, safe water, architecture and construction, and many more.

University expertise

The University features many experts in the area of sustainability and environmental management.  More information is available from the UQ Experts website.

Key UQ areas focusing on Sustainability

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Advanced Water Management Centre

The Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) is an international centre of excellence in innovative water technology and management.

Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics

The Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics (COPE) brings together chemists and physicists to investigate plastic (organic) materials that can be used as the active layers in a range of applications including solar cells, light-emitting diodes for displays and lighting, transistors, and sensors.

Centre for Spatial Environmental Research

The Centre for Spatial Environmental Research (CSER) aims to provide high quality research and research training in the spatial sciences for addressing environmental and conservation problems in Australia and globally.

Climate Research Group

The University of Queensland Climate Research Group is a team of research staff and higher degree students in the School of Geography, Planning and Environment Management. The multidisciplinary group specialises in the research of past, present and future weather and climate.

Coastal Systems Laboratory

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Managementís Coastal Systemís lab is a research group with a multidisciplinary approach to addressing coastal and marine resource management issues both within Australia and internationally.

Environmental and Social Planning Research Group

The Environmental Planning Research Group (EPRG), located in The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, conducts qualitative and quantitative research into solving problems at the society-environment interface and environmental and urban planning responses.

Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute (GCI) is a vehicle for leadership, engagement and advocacy in the area of global change and will play an important role in raising awareness of global change issues and solutions.

Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group

The Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group works across a range of temporal and spatial scales and utilises a variety of methods including field surveys, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS), and ecological and spatial modeling

Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence

The Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence, through its research and development efforts, aims to position Queensland as a leading technology provider in the growing international geothermal energy sector.

Sustainable Minerals Institute

The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) aims to be a world leader in providing knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry.

The Ecology Centre

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a world leading research university in Ecological and Conservation Research, consistently publishing more papers in top international journals than any other Australian University.

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