About the Sustainability Research Centre - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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About the Sustainability Research Centre

The Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) was established in 2007 with the goal of conducting cutting edge research into pressing local, regional, and global challenges that link economic, social and environmental sustainability and provide tested and evidence-based solutions to policy, planning and decision making. The SRC is proud of its achievements but realises that it must change to keep pace with the accelerating pace and complexity of these challenges. Looking to the future, the SRC is sharpening its research focus, redoubling its efforts for cross-border and cross-sectoral research, and strengthening its contribution to USC’s sustainability, its vision of becoming a university of international standing, and an unsurpassed community asset for the region.

The Centre is led by Professor Claudia Baldwin and Professor Patrick Nunn with the support of a four-person external Advisory Board.

Our vision

A socially just and healthy, thriving world.

Our mission

Advancing knowledge for sustainable futures.

Our values

We support USC’s values through:

  • inclusive and innovative research and knowledge
  • excellence-driven and impact-oriented research and partnerships
  • respect for natural and cultural systems
  • supporting our people, place and planet
  • social justice through diversity and mutual respect

By 2025, the SRC will:

    • be a top-notch research entity of international repute that is an indispensable adjunct to the University’s commitment to sustainability.
    • demonstrate a broad and sustained influence of our research on policy and investment decision-making.

The SRC focuses its research in three main areas across Southeast Queensland, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region

  • Climate Change Adaptation in coastal and water management, disaster and natural hazard management, and urban and regional policy, planning and development.
  • Environmental Management and Governance encompassing land, water, traditional cultures, and protected areas.
  • Sustainable Livelihoods encompassing food and water security, agriculture and fisheries, and tourism.