Our staff and students are at the forefront of research into globally important issues including climate change, loss of biodiversity, urbanisation, population growth and the sustainable development of minerals, energy and environmental resources.

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Our students work on projects of national and international significance in a unique interdisciplinary environment. Select the links below to see the range of topics that are currently being investigated.

Featured projects Duration
Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): How can Recycling Rates be Improved using a Holistic Approach to Seliver Beneficial Social, Economic and Environmental Outcomes?
20162022
Using Lidar to develop a Forest Inventory Projection System for Plantation Forest Management in South Eastern Queensland
20162022
Transfer of Sustainable Development Policies Among Commonwealth Nations
20162021
The Development and Evaluation of Slips and Trips Risk Screening Tools
20162020
Economic Analysis of Opportunity and Marginal Costs of Different Land use Pathway
20162020
Marginalized Spaces of Big Cities in China: Phenomena, Causes, Solutions
20162020
Climate Velocity and the Effects on Marine Protected Areas
20162020
The missing link in housing policy? The significance of regional insights into dwelling theory
20162019
Optimising climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands
20162019
Bushfire Convective Plume Experiment
20162019
Biodiversity, Conservation Priorities and the Triple Bottom Line: Can these Conservation Principles be Applied in a Developing Nation?
20162019
Radiative transfer modelling and parameter retrieval of wetland aquatic vegetation
20162019
The Effectiveness of Natural Predators and Management Agencies at Controlling Problem Species
20162019
Patterns of Urban Renewal in Australian Cities
20162019
Understanding the Environmental, Economic, and Social Trade-offs of New Economic Development in the Xi River Basin
20162019
Evaluation of FIFO/DIDO Employee Satisfaction with Current Strategies for Alleviating Psychosocial Stress and Identification of Strategies Employers can use to Minimise Psychosocial Risk in this Group of Workers
20162019
In Search of Wild Rice in the Atherton Tablelands
20162019
The Conservation Actions needed for Australian Threatened Species
20162019
Optimization of pollination services and conservation of forests in agricultural landscapes. Decreasing agricultural expansion
20162019
Hydro-climatology
20162019
Developing a Site BasedThe Politics of Safety Outcomes
20162019
Mobile plant and traffic management
20162019
Develop patterns of road space utilization in the metropolitan city as a public space that supports quality improvement of urban life as well as strengthening of local identity.
20162019
The Association between Temperatures and Occupational Injuries/ illness in Queensland
20162019
Evaluating the Return on Investment from Implementing Interventions Aimed at Preventing or Minimising the Occurrence of Musculoskeletal Disorders
20162019
Finance Mechanisms and Conservation Prioritization for Large African Felids
20162019
Effect of the use of Break Timer Application on Musculoskeletal Disorders in Office Workers
20162019
Diversity Patterns and Practical Conservation Priorities in the North of South America, one of the most Biodiverse Zones of the World
20162019
Effectiveness of cross cultural co-management
20162019
Understanding Pacific Islander knowledge and attitudes towards changes in mangrove ecosystems and associated coastal resources: a case study of Bua Bay, western Vanua Levu Island, Fiji
20162019
Identifying opportunities for private land conservation
20162019
Understanding the impact of the three gorges dam on environmental sustainability
20162019
The Problematic Land Acquisition Process for Infrastructure Development in Indonesia
20162019
Crowd Sourced Mapping with Smartphones to Augment and Improve Place Information for Location-based Services
20162018
Dynamic SystemMmodelling of Rrelationships between Environmental Sustainability, Food System and Health Issues
20162018
Developing Great Australian Cities: The case for and significance of a Glasshouse Urban Corridor in South-East Queensland
20162018
Does Internal Forest Fragmentation from Linear Infrastructure affect Core Habitat for Woodland Birds?
20162017
How can REDD initiatives in Central Kalimantan Indonesia be Designed to Support the Successful Adaptation of L;ocal Communities to Climate Change?
2016
Return Migration in Australia
2016
What are the opportunities to improve the integration of risk reduction and environmental goals in fire management in Australia’s fragmented peri-urban environments?
20152018
Understanding the Gradual Ecosystem Changes in Native Pastures of the Arid and Semi-arid Rangelands of the Northern Territory
20152020
Strategies and Preferences used by Middle-middle class to access housing in Jakarta, Indonesia
20152019
Missing the Bus: transport disadvantage and social disadvantage in south east Queensland
20152019
Optimal Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Imaging and Processing for Horticultural Applications
20152018
Identifying and Managing Ecosystem Service Relationships in Dynamic Landscapes
20152018
Evaluating interventions to manage conservation conflicts
20152018
Integrating LiDAR and Satellite Multispectral data for Monitoring Mango, Avocado and Macadamia Tree Crops
20152018
The role of Household Displacement in Building Resilience after Earthquakes in Himalaya-Tibet Area
20152018
Cat control and its ecological consequences for Christmas Island indicator species
20152018
Biophysical Dynamics of Coastal Marine Habitats and Satellite Imagery Validation using LiDAR, Multi-spectral and other Remote Sensing Techniques on Unmanned Vehicles.
20152018
Strengthening Clean Energy Policy to Decarbonise Indonesia's Electricity System: A Hybrid Energy Modelling & Analysis
20152018
Modelling of Urban Development and Future Urban Growth Impacts on Traffic Congestion and Housing Shortages in Kuwait
20152018
Using Circular Economy Principles to Increase Resource Efficiency in the Australian Food Industry
20152018
Marine Biodiversity Offseting: Identifying Opportunities to Deliver Better Outcomes for Species and Ecosystems
20152018
Integrating Development Objectives into Conservation Planning
20152018
From Home-based Work to Live/work Communities: Modelling Urban Planning Responses to Changing Work-family-territory Arrangements
20152018
Spatial evolution and settlement pathways of People's Republic of China-born migrants in Australia
20152018
Counterfactual Assumptions in Biodiversity Offset Policies
20152018
How does human induced environmental change affect human well-being at different scales?
20152018
Climate and Environmental History of the World's Largest Downdrift Sand System, Fraser Island and Coolooa Coast, Queensland
20152018
Housing and Slum Upgrading in the Global South
20152018
Settling into a new place: Individual and collective coping strategies in an involuntary urban relocation context in Yangon, Myanmar
20152018
Time Series Data Fusion Methods for Monitoring Woody Vegetation Change in Cloudy Conditions
20152018
Exploring Ferry-oriented Development
20152018
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation using Network Theory
20152018
Late Quaternary Climate and Environmental from Fraser Island based on Bog Records
20152018
Enhancing the Role of Private Sector in Achieving Transitional Renewable Energy Targets in Indonesia
20152018
The Geopolitics of Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
20152018
Environmental and Socio-economic Consequences of Bio-based Energy Production in Brazil
20152018
Tethyan Ophiolites of the India-Asia suture zone: Insights into subduction and collision
20152018
Multi-objective Decision-making Framework to Support Energy Poverty Alleviation without Compromising the Environment
20152018
Residents’ Attitudes to Heritage Conservation: Insights from Brisbane, Australia
20152017
A Compact Liveable City through Urban Regeneration: an Emerging Reality in Brisbane?
20152017
The Role of Walking towards Achieving a Disaster Resilient Community
20152017
The Land tenure security issues: the case of urban kampung in Jakarta
20142018
Who Governs the ‘Ungovernable’?: Examining the Modes of Governance in Urban Informality
20142017
A Path Dependent Analysis of the 1970 Wilbur Smith South East Qld - Brisbane Public Transport Plan with Reference to Coordinating Institutions and Rail, Busway and Light Rail Infrastructure
20142020
Local Planning Schemes as Tools for Community Engagement
20142020
Cloud Removal Analysis of Remote Sensing Satellite Image
20142018
Exploring views and responses to the environmental crisis in the Urban Planning body of knowledge
20142018
Coordinating Urban-rural Development under Contemporary China's Urbanisation Policy
20142018
Understanding the Impact of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Land Values: A Case Study of Brisbane’s BRT System
20142018
Spatial and Temporal Changes in Structure and Floristics of a Subtropical Rainforest
20142018
Landscape Effects on Species Richness and Functional Diversity. A Case Study from the Brisbane Local Government Area (LGA)
20142018
Diversity and Resilience of Aquatic Fauna in Queensland Spring Ecosystems
20142018
Mapping Coral Reef Primary Production and Calcification from a Light Use Efficiency Model with in situ and Remotely Sensed Data
20142018
The Applicability of organic spring deposits for reconstructing late Quaternary climatic and Environmental Change
20142017
Grassroots Innovations as Sustainable Place-making? Exploring Community-owned Renewable Energy in Australia
20142017
Improving Land-sea Planning in a time of Global Change
20142017
Integrating Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems with Storage: Modelling an Optimal Deployment Pathway
20142017
A limits-oriented Approach to Sustainable Planning Assessment
20142017
Applied radiolarian biostratigraphy in the Australasian region and investigations of the early radiation and diversification of the phylum radiolarian using 3D microtomographic analysis
20142017
The Urban Heat Island and the Impact of Increasing Urbanization and Climate Change
20142017
Intentional Communal Living Arrangements: Sustainable, Affordable, Social Additions to the Contemporary Australian
20142017
Impact of high-speed rails in China
20142017
The Impact of Governance on Regional Natural Resource Planning
20142017
Sustainability, Strategy and Design: Designing a Communication Platform to Empower Sustainability Advocates by Integrating New Theory with Digital Media
20142017
Drivers of Benthic Composition, Marine Biodiversity, and Coral Health along the North Coast of Timor-Leste
20142017
An Integrated Framework for Construction Waste Management using the Concept of Circular Economy
20142017
Drivers of coral reef condition in the Central Maldives using kilometre scale survey techniques from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey
20142017
Determining the Feedback Connections of Anthropogenic Influences on Ecosystems Services in an Estuarine Lagoon for Improving Environmental Management Targets in Dong Ho Lagoon, Kien Giang, Vietnam
20142017
Implications of fire management in relation to resource distribution within grassy patches for the recovery of the Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis Brachypterus)
20142017
Sustainable Construction in a Post-disaster Context: An Appraisal Framework for Benchmarking Sustainable Disaster-resilient Homes
20142017
Urban Land Use Planning and the Persistence of Class-based Risk to Disaster
20142017
Planning for Dynamic Threats in Conservation
20142017
Impacts of Environmental Factors on Koala Diet and Habitat use in South-West Queensland
20142017
Climate-Smart Agriculture in practice: Insights from smallholder farmers, Timor-Leste and the Philippines, Southeast Asia
20142016
Potential Implications of Canal Estates for Nutrient Budgets in Coastal Systems
20132017
Managing Trade-offs in Human-wildlife Conflict and Conservation Value: A Case Study of Fraser Island Dingoes
20132017
Integrating Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems with Battery Storage: Modelling an Optimal Deployment Pathway
20132020
Healthy Neighborhood Design. Is Path Dependency Holding us Back?
20132019
Extreme Flood Events in Southeast Queensland - Evidence and Implications
20132017
Loose Praxis: Methodological assemblage in the social complexity of the Australian private rental system
20132017
Enhancing Emergency Fire Service Delivery Response – a Geostrategic Approach
20132017
Understanding Long Term Livelihood Resilience of Resettled Ethnic Groups in the Yali Falls Dam Basin, Central Highlands of Vietnam
20132017
Developing and evaluating decision support tools in Marine Protected Area management
20132017
Mapping forest dynamics in Bangladesh from satellite images: Implications for the global REDD+ program
20132017
Developing a Site Based Index of Vegetation Structure Complexity from Terrestrial Laser Scanner Data
20132017
Cyclone Disaster Mapping, Monitoring and Management Using Satellite Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
20132017
Astronomical Forcing of Sub-Milankovitch Climate Oscillations.
20132017
Using Biosphere Reserve as an Integrated Tool on Coastal Forest Management in the Context of Climate Change: A Case Study in Kien Giang, Vietnam
20132017
A Spacial Analysis: Regional Tourism employment and Natural amenities
20132017
The Political Economy of Carbon Management in the International Aviation Industry: How can the International Aviation Industry more Effectively Reduce its Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
20132017
Greenspace, who needs it? Examining the Social Sustainability of Urban Greenspace
20132017
Understanding the Synergistic Impacts of Climate Change and Land-use Change on Terrestrial Biodiversity
20132017
Changing Fire Regimes of South East Queensland Great Sandy Region
20132016
The Eco-hydrology of Natural and Anthropic Catchments from Queensland Coastal Region: Observation and Modelling of Rainfall-vegetation-streamflow Relationship.
20132016
Late Quaternary stream channel adjustment in hydrologically variable catchments, subtropical Australia
20132016
Embedding Participatory Approaches
20132016
Maligned, Misaligned or Misconceived? The developmental Ebb and Flow of the Queensland Cotton Industry, 1860-1940
20132016
A synoptic climatology of precipitation events, Snowy Mountains, Australia
20132016
Modelling Tree Species Distribution in Sylhet Forest Division, Bangladesh: Implications for Conservation Planning under Future Climate Scenarios
20132016
Regional governance and integration of pluralistic values in coastal management policy
20132016
Species-area Relationships in Fragmented Landscapes - Identifying Thresholds for Incorporation into Conservation Planning and Land Management
20132016
Oil Depletion and the Threat to Biodiversity and Food Security
20132016
A Land Surface Temperature Model-data Differencing Approach to Quantifying Subsurface Water use by Vegetation
20132016
The Osteology and Palaeoecology of Megalania (Varanus) prisca
20132016
The ecology of Dung Beetles and energy flows associated with water buffalo dung in the Kizilirmak Delta Wetland (KDW) in Samsun Province, Turkey
20132016
Modeling of Physical and Economical Inputs and Outputs to Agricultural Systems in Australia at High Resolution and Large Spatial Extent
20132016
The Potential of Shrimp Product Certification and Carbon Finance in Supporting Enhanced Sustainability Outcomes in the Mangroves of East Kalimantan Indonesia
20132016
Stories from a Floodplain: Late Holocene Environments of the Nerang River, Gold Coast
20132016
Integrating Measures of Indigenous Land and Sea Management Effectiveness as National and International Scales
20132016
Managing Ecosystem Services under Climate Change
20132016
The Social Identity Approach to Understanding Stakeholder Conflict in Environmental and Natural Resources Management
20132015
Does Habitat Fragmentation Impact Sedentary Bird Species through Reduced Resource Availability?
20122016
An integrated strategic planning and sustainability process for improving master planned community development outcomes
20122018
The Energy Balance of Contrasting Vegetation Types on a Subtropical Sand Island
20122017
Climate Change and Resilience – the Improvement in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
20122016
Evaluating Participatory GIS toward a more Effective Public Participation for Land Use Planning in Malaysia
20122016
Spatially Explicit Approach to Operationalizing Social-ecological System to Inform Land Use Planning: Case study: Baffle Basin, Australia
20122016
Urban Growth Modelling: A Case Study in a Developing World Context
20122016
Participatory Wetland Conservation in Yokdon National Park, Vietnam
20122015
Selecting Indicators for Conservation Decision Making
20122015
What’s cooking in paradise? An Ethnobotanical Study of People’s Changing Relationship with Plant Food Resources in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
20122015
Wither the ‘City Beautiful’: Evaluating the Contribution of the Construction and Implementation of Planning Legislation and Regulation in Urban Design
20122015
Distribution, Resilience and Conservation of Endemic Birds in the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea
20122015
Holocene Environments of the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia
20122015
Integrated System Dynamics Modelling and Simulation of Food and Water Resource Systems under Changing Environmental and Socio-economic Conditions: A Case Study of the Volta River Basin, West Africa
20122015
Identifying Potential Sugarcane Biofuel Farm Locations and Suitability Analysis using GIS Approach in Queensland
20122015
Comparative Cost Efficiencies of Carbon Pricing and Renewable Schemes in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Electricity Sector in Australia
20122015
Protected Area Management in the Face of Climate Change – A Socio-ecological Model to Manage Climate Change Impacts on Protected Areas
20092015
Early evolution of the kangaroos (Marsupialia: Macropodiformes) from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area: phylogeny, palaeoecology, diversification and extinction
Earthquake Landslide Hazard Assessment of Queensland East Coast, from Sunshine Coast to Fraser Coast Regions: Case Study of Earthquake Triggered Mass Movement Susceptibility in Fraser Island
The relative roles of tectonism, metamorphism and hypogene processes in the enrichment of banded iron-formations
The potential of the Mineral Liberation Analyser for the characterisation of airborne particulate matter
Core analysis and pulsed arc electrohydraulic discharge (PAED) of coal seam interburden
Understanding physical and chemical diagenetic processes that occur during fossilisation of biomineralised vertebrate remains
Palynology of the Galilee Basin
The Permo-Triassic Gympie Terrane and implications for the Hunter Bowen Orogeny
Integrated petrophysical and geomechanics digital coal modelling in unconventional coal seam gas plays using advanced logging and core analysis techniques
Improvement in pre-stack seismic data processing in coal seam gas
Palaeoclimate reconstruction and anthropogenic influence on the high-latitude sub-tropical inshore coral reefs on the eastern coast of Australia
Numerical Modeling and High Frequency Inversion of Fine structures in Porous Media
Hotspot volcanism down under: a product of mantle plumes or the unique structure and motion of the Australian plate?
Coal strength and deformability from synthetic rock mass
The Walloon–Birkhead transition: changes in coal and interburden character
Process modelling of gravity flow systems in deep water
Holocene reef development and water quality reconstruction, Heron Reef, Great Barrier Reef
A comparison of non-linear geostatistical methods for resource estimation using a mining case study.
Identifying and quantifying the chemical, physical, and biological processes controlling the formation, evolution, and degradation of cangas
Development of ferruginous duricrusts (canga) in tropical iron ore systems
Estimating Thomsen parameters from thin coal seam targets via seismic velocity analysis methods
Preservation of geochemical signatures in lacustrine microbialites and sediments
Understanding the geomechanical and structural controls in the production behaviour of the coal seam gas reservoirs in Queensland
Quantifying 39Ar recoil and the diffusivity of argon in hypogene and supergene alunites and jarosites
Understanding the geomechanical and structural controls in the production behaviour of the coal seam gas reservoirs in Queensland
Coastal Plains Thunderstorm Experiment: Understanding Sea-breeze Boundary Interactions with Deep Convection
Supercomputer modelling of multiphase dynamics at pore scale for quantitatively analysing and predicting dynamic transport behaviours in coal seams
Mesozoic gymnosperms
Advancing the ability to detect subsurface groundwater movements in coal seam gas operations using the self-potential method to help quantify and mitigate contamination of groundwater aquifers
Stratigraphic controls on Late Permian sediments in the eastern Galilee Basin: a key to understanding a frontier coal resource
Reconstructing the Cenozoic motion of Australia with paleomagnetic data
Numerical simulation and evaluation of rock mass response in fault zones of deep mines
Enhancing the predictive capability of coal seam gas facies models, Walloon Subgroup (Surat Basin, Queensland)
Structural and stratigraphic architecture of the Georgina Basin, central Australia
Integrated investigation of pressure transient testing in coal seam gas reservoirs
Controls on palaeo-channel distribution in the Late Permian Rangal coal measures and implications for geotechnical assessment
Fast migration based passive seismic source location using massive parallel computers
Corundum trace element and isotope geochemistry
Hydrogeological and microbial controls on the isotope and molecular composition of coal seam gases and production waters of the Walloon Subgroup
Numerical simulation of hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs
Microbially enabled carbonate mineral precipitation in natural and engineered environments
Immobilization of lanthanum, cerium, europium and holmium by co-precipitation with iron and aluminium (hydr)oxides in aqueous solutions
Geodynamic evolution of the Thomson Orogen and implications on Paleozoic plate tectonic reconstruction of eastern Australia
Plynology of the Jurassic–Cretaceous transition in the northern Surat Basin
Adaptive mesh refinement for geophysical inversion
Bioleaching of copper
Bioleaching of copper sulphides
Deformation of the Permo-Triassic Brook Street Terrane (South Island, New Zealand) and implications for regional tectonic reconstructions of Gondwana
Determining the geological controls on the spatial distribution of phosphorus and fluorine within coal
Quantifying the risk of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing in coal seam gas operations in Australia

We encourage you to propose original topics in our areas of expertise, and we can help you refine your ideas as you progress through the application process. If you're undecided on a topic or would like to be involved in current research, select the links below to see the breadth of our available topics.

Featured projects Duration
Temporary population mobility
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
A review of community-based climate change adaptation projects in the Pacific
Improving the potential of biodiversity offsetting to reconcile development and conservation
Linking internal and international migration
Gender Issues in Urban Transport
Urban regeneration in the Australian context
Does internal forest fragmentation from linear infrastructure affect core habitat for woodland birds?
Dynamic System Modelling of Relationships between Environmental Sustainability, Food and Health Issues
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Creative industries and planning in the Asia-Pacific region
Arresting woodland bird declines through Noisy Miner control: a large-scale removal experiment
Dynamic System Modelling and Analysis for Pursuing Sustainable Bioeconomy in Australia
Transition to Self-Driving Cars
Global Cities and Urban Networks
A glacial transition and Holocene record of environmental change from Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
Material Flow Accounting and Input-output Analysis for Reducing Australia’s Energy Demand
Parking impact in cities
Rapid Urban Growth
GIS and Spatial Analysis Projects
Modelling Urban Metabolism of Cities
Remote Sensing Research Centre (RSRC) Projects
Urban Design as Politics
Attraction and retention: the role of mobility in educational pathways and human capital development
Consequential Life Cycle Assessment of Liquefied Natural Gas from Coal Seam Gas
Planning Structures in Authoritarian and Post-Authoritarian States
Changing Trends Within the Journey to Work in Australia
Integration of Multi Agent Systems (MAS) and LCA for Analysing Australian Agri-food Sector
Urban Planning for Climate Change
Patterns of Graduate Migration Within Australia
Stocks and Flows of Metals and Mineral Resources: Quantifying Environmental Impacts and Risks
Age-Friendly Built Environment
The Geographical Dimensions of Social Networks
Pursuing Circular Economy in Australia for Sustainable Industrial Development
Urban Psychology
International Migration in an Urban Setting: Testing the 'Stepping Stone' Theory
Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Deployment of Renewable Energy technologies
Enhancing threatened species outcomes for Christmas Island