The Global Change Institute (GCI) draws together research capability from across The University of Queensland, leveraging its impact through UQ’s standing in the top 100 universities in the world.
To further the institute’s impact it fosters collaborations at local, national and international scales. This includes working with industry, government, community, private enterprise and research organisations allowing GCI to deliver innovative solutions to major global challenges.
GCI researchers regularly publish discussion papers, covering a range of local and global challenges.
Our research focuses on four key pillars of global change and these form our research themes:
The global population is expected to exceed 9-billion people by 2050. This will lead to an increase in food demand of 70 per cent. GCI’s Food Systems research will focus on meeting the production, access and nutrition needs for our future world under a changing climate.
Oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the earth’s surface and play a crucial role in determining weather, stabilising global temperatures and regulating the gas content of our atmosphere. GCI is coordinating research to protect coastal communities and island nations from the impacts of sea-level rise. GCI is also part of a global partnership called the Catlin Seaview Survey, which is conducting a 360 degree photographic audit of coral reefs worldwide.
GCI has a number of projects in systems-level solar research including solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal. Using the Gatton PV Pilot Plant, the southern hemisphere’s largest photovoltaic research facility with on-site battery storage system, GCI can lead research into interactive yield management and support research on new methods to feeding the national power grid.
Freshwater is vital for survival – and yet one-in-nine people globally don’t have access to clean drinking water and one-in-three lacks improved sanitation. There is an increasing need for cutting-edge science and innovation in the water arena to address the global demands for sustainably produced water, a safe water supply and healthy waterways.