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.

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

Better Governance for Complex Decision-Making

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to engage with the governance challenges of sustainable urban water management. This project analyses problems and challenges that are central for understanding and addressing the impediments to development of policy and... Read more

Public responses to alternative water supplies

To extend the understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors that influence risk perceptions and acceptance of alternative water supplies. The research will investigate the perceived risk dimensions most closely linked to acceptance and show how identity and climate change beliefs... Read more

Behaviour Change for Water Sensitive Cities

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to accelerate transitions to Water Sensitive Cities by influencing behavior. This project focuses on household behavior that affects water consumption, quality and run off as an important part of the solution to the issues of... Read more

Public Perceptions of Water Quality (Seqwater)

This project represents research conducted as a precursor to an ARC Linkage grant. The project investigates what is currently known about public responses to taste and odour in water and explores Australian’s water quality perceptions and experience of taste and odour events.

Regulatory Frameworks for Water Sensitive Cities

This project is part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and seeks to understand the relationship between government regulatory practices and other attempts to achieve behavior change for increased water sensitivity. It will assess barriers to the adoption of new urban water technologies and... Read more

Recycled Water Risk Communication

Australian water utilities are under increasing pressure to maintain potable water supplies in the face of increasing population and the impacts of climate change and variability. In response to these pressures, water utilities have adopted a portfolio approach to water supply, diversifying supply... Read more

Retirement Villages and Later Life Transitions

Retirement villages and later life transitions: The impact of financial and contractual obligations. Although retirement villages constitute the major form of specialised housing for older people, little is known of how older people manage their life transitions in the context of the significant... Read more

Preventing First Time Homelessness

Tackling homelessness is national priority yet there is limited understanding of older people’s homelessness, in particular the growing numbers experiencing homelessness for the first time in later life. This study will inform policy responses by providing a detailed understanding of older... Read more

Evaluation of the 'Street to Home' Initiative

The Street to Home initiative seeks to target people experiencing chronic homelessness and rough sleeping and support them through a transition towards stable housing. This project proposes to evaluate the Street to Home initiative. The evaluation task requires an appraisal at the level of the... Read more

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