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Queensland Government

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Sustainability Research Centre (SRC)

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University of the Sunshine Coast

The Sustainability Research Centre's research focuses on societal responses to emergent local and global change forces in sustainability. We contribute knowledge to a range of sustainability issues such as coastal management, climate change, and water management (recognised as significant at local through to international scales). We adopt a transdisciplinary, collaborative approach broadly aligned with human geography, embracing the disciplines of social, behavioural, economic and management sciences.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Adaptive capacity
  • Social learning
  • Capacity building
  • International development
  • Institutional policy analysis
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Adaptive management
  • Social capital

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


90 Sippy Downs Drive, Innovation Centre, IC1.49, Sippy Downs, 4557

Lead researchers

  • Professor Tim Smith—Leader in sustainability, coastal management and climate change adaptation research. Awarded a 2009 Australian Museum Eureka Prize
  • Professor Patrick Nunn—Leading researcher on climate, sea-level change and human–environment interactions. Lead Author on the IPCC Report (AR5, 2014)

Achievements of the centre

  • Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment of "5 - well above world standard" for environmental science and management.

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
19 June 2019