Environment & sustainability

Sustainable use of resources in Australia and the world.
ANU is unique in Australia in connecting researchers across all fields to work together on the big environmental challenges and opportunities facing contemporary society. Highly regarded internationally for connecting science and policy, ANU seeks to support sustainable use of Australia’s and the world’s resources.

Research areas

Earth & environmental sciences

ANU has a strong and long-standing reputation for world-class science, attracting top researchers. With consistently outstanding global recognition and excellent access to facilities, we focus on environmental and landscape sciences, earth processes and the history of Earth’s climate and environments.

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Climate change

Our mission is to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions through innovative, interdisciplinary research and policy-relevant advice drawing on expertise across ANU and deep connections to government, the private sector and society.

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Research at ANU covers all aspects of ecology and evolutionary biology. With deep connections to CSIRO and global partners, ANU has an outstanding reputation and is pushing biodiversity science forward using innovative capabilities in genomics, bioinformatics, ecological modelling and biodiversity policy.

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Resource & environmental management

Management of scarce resources such as land, water, forests and soils is essential for environmental, economic and social sustainability. Our world-class research programs span scientific discovery, social impacts, law, policy, urban studies and economics, looking particularly at Australia, Asia & the Pacific.

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Energy alternatives

ANU researchers cover a spectrum of energy science and policy, from engineering, efficiency and technology, to the challenges of Energy Change governance frameworks. Groups across ANU are researching new technologies for nuclear, fusion, solar, energy storage, enhanced oil and gas, biofuels and photosynthesis, and smartgrid technology.

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