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Forest Research Institute

UniSC’s Forest Research Institute undertakes work in the broad spectrum of forestry research areas that make direct and meaningful contributions to the sustainability of our wooded landscapes. This includes important areas of studies such as smallholder and forest conservation-based research, along with work to ensure industries are meeting regulatory requirements and public expectations.

Research centres

The Institute is comprised of three Centres. Each has an individual identity and research focus but they work collaboratively for greater impact.

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Forest Industries Research Centre

The Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) is focused on the forestry value chain and the economic and environmental sustainability of forest industries.

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Tropical Forests and People Research Centre

The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre brings together researchers interested in the interactions between people and tropical forests.

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National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life

The National Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life: Putting Australia at the forefront of international best practice - a joint venture between UniSC, UQ, QDAFF and FWPA.

HDR scholarships in reforestation research

If you're passionate about environmental research and looking for an opportunity to make a difference, we invite you to apply for one of our scholarships. Together, we can work towards a more sustainable future.

Start your application today and join us in our commitment to excellence in environmental research


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Seminar Series

Seminars provided by the Forest Industries Research Centre and the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre.

Research Students

Research student opportunities in the Forest Research Institute

Contact Forest Research Institute

Contact details and researchers in the Forest Research Institute