Sustainable environment and communities

The Sustainability cluster of research aims to address issues related to sustainability, climate change, environmental policy, and resource management in the local, regional, national and global context.

The Institute has an important working relationship with the Urban Water Security Research Alliance (UWSRA) to address water scarcity and community attitudes towards this issue. 

Below is a list of research projects associated with this cluster.

The Impact of School Design and Infrastructure on Educational Outcomes

Within Australia and internationally, there is growing recognition that the physical design of educational facilities and institutions should accord with top pedagogical practices and the learning needs of students. Within Queensland, recent initiatives such as the State Schools of Tomorrow... Read more

Use of Allied Health Services

With the global burden of disease, building the evidence base for the use of health services and what influences patterns of use is of critical policy importance. The emphasis on multidisciplinary care for people with chronic disease has stimulated interest in the use of allied health services by... Read more

Collaboration and Environmental Policy

By examining the nature and effectiveness of Australia's first major experiments with collaborative governance arrangements, in regional environmental management, the project will develop a new framework to analyse complex or wicked policy problems.

Attitudes to Climate Change Adaptation

Little research has examined how people adapt to climate change information and initiatives and most of the existing research is relatively narrow. The research aims to address issues around adaptive capacity and adaptive coping for specific population groups. The project will identify adaptive... Read more

Aboriginal Responses to Climate Change

This study takes an interior arid-zone region as a pilot study in which to investigate, document and generate planning principles concerning Aboriginal perceptions and knowledge of climate change, and regional community capacity to respond and adapt to climate change at a number of levels,... Read more

Concentrations of Social Disadvantage

This project focuses on the role of housing, housing policies and programs in how we understand, and where appropriate, address the challenges presented by spatial concentrations of disadvantage. This project will: 1. Seek to identify the ways in which social disadvantage has been conceptualised... Read more

Environmental Sustainability in Residential Housing

This project sought to understanding public attitudes towards waste, water and energy use and the psycho-social and socio-demographic influences on consumption, with the aim of highlighting the factors that have driven changes to attitudes and practices towards environmental sustainability over... Read more

Strategies of Influence for Water Sensitive Cities

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to understand how political leaders and policy makers make the decisions that affect the implementation of water sensitive cities and enhance the capacity for influencing opinion formation and policy marking to facilitate progress... Read more

Systematic Social Analysis

The systematic social analysis is a collaborative interdisciplinary project between UQ, CSIRO, Griffith University and Queensland government. The project encompassed a systematic social analysis of urban water management options, including recycled water for potable use and demand management... Read more

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