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.
Through the GCI Sustainable Water Program, the university is committed to addressing the complexities of the global water challenge to improve access and ensure appropriate management of this vital resource.
The Global Change Institute (GCI) is playing an important role in achieving this goal, coordinating the university’s strengths in innovation and education by building strategic water research partnerships and facilitating adoption of this research into planning and policy. Increasingly, GCI is highlighting the key links between water, food, energy and our coasts.
The emerging Sustainable Water Program of work integrates four themes of water for productive economies, water for cities, water for the environment, and resilient water communities. This will be achieved through outputs that provide innovative decision-making support tools, whole-of-system understanding, market-based solutions, and innovative monitoring.
Our projects and activities
Water researchers at The University of Queensland
GCI' sustainable water research involves input from several UQ schools, institutes or centres including:
- Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry
- Institute for Social Science Research
- Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation
- Sustainable Minerals Institute
- School of Agricultural and Food Sciences
- School of Engineering
- School of Biological Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Chemical Engineering
- School of Economics
- School of Public Health