About

The Centre for the Environment brings together researchers from across disciplines with partners from government, industry and communities to support and promote real-world solutions for environmental challenges. Our research actively embraces the human dimensions of governance and decision-making as opportunities for change.

Our planet is facing an environmental crisis

The global population, predicted to hit nine billion by 2050, will place increasing pressure on Earth’s finite resources. These pressures, already exacerbated by climate change, are being felt in our natural and built environments and production landscapes. The way we live has resulted in mass conversions of native ecosystems to food production, industrial, urban, and peri-urban landscapes. Species extinctions and invasions, and the loss of essential ecosystem services, such as primary productivity, nutrient cycling and hydrological flows are common globally.

Real-world solutions

The Centre for the Environment brings together QUT researchers from across disciplines and faculties with partners from government, industry and communities to co-design research that addresses the most pressing environmental challenges. Importantly, and in recognition of the importance of human-centred approaches in creating pathways to change, this centre supports and promotes solutions that embrace human dimensions, governance and decision-making understandings in terrestrial and marine landscapes as opportunities for change.

Our research

Four programs build on QUT’s strengths in environmental research across science, engineering, business, law, health, and the creative industries, and provide transformative research and education in key priority areas.

  • Environment and sustainability
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Digital transformation and technology
  • Aspiration and inclusivity

Our programs also align with four United Nations sustainability goals.

Our Centre Director

  • Professor Jennifer Firn

    Centre Director

    From grasslands to tropical forests: understanding the implications of pervasive environmental change on plant populations, plant communities and local people. I am a restoration ecologist who specializes in studying ecological theory and then linking these theoretical constructs to the practical management of grasslands and tropical forests. The driving motivation in my Academic career...

Our leadership team