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.
Abstract Countries have much work to do to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But development projects don’t always go the way you expect. A resettlement project in Laos recently provided taps and toilets as a way to improve hygiene and health outcomes for communities. But on revisiting the resettled village, the project team was dismayed to find that the new brick toilet facilities were instead being used to store rice.
Discussion Paper No. 2
Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and beyond' (Sep 2016)
This University of Queensland discussion paper from the Water for Equity and Wellbeing Initiative was developed to consider Australia’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Australia, and within the broader Asia-Pacific region.
Discussion Paper No.1
The UN Sustainable Development Goals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: How Should Australia Respond Within and Beyond its Borders’ (July 2016).
Australia is positioned next to south-east Asia, where one billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. Only half the population in the Pacific Island countries have access to such facilities, while poor hygiene and unsanitary living conditions have contributed to children in remote Australian Aboriginal communities experiencing a higher rate of common infectious diseases than in large urban communities.
- Water researchers at The University of Queensland
- 10 June 2016 -- PhD Scholarships on Water for Equality and Wellbeing (PDF, 354 Kb)
- Water for Equity and Wellbeing strategic opportunity
- Turning water threats into opportunities to secure Australia’s water future
- 2016 UQ Water Forum (4-5 July)
- 2015 UQ Water Forum (18-19 Aug)
- Australian Water and Environmental Research Alliance
GCI's sustainable water research involves input from many 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