Our research programs
Waste is a pressing problem – both locally and globally – and a holistic research approach is needed to accomplish our vision of a waste-free world and circular economy of materials. We draw on interdisciplinary scientific knowledge to develop technical solutions in parallel with social science knowledge to catalyse change and business to enhance the circular economy and eliminate waste.
New economies for waste
We help communities, industry and government find new ways to shift from linear 'production to landfill' economies to circular, sharing and distributive economies to reduce and capture value from waste.Read more
Systemic and behavioural change
A waste-free world requires major transformations to technologies, infrastructure, economic models, government regulations and the daily actions of individuals. Our researchers are collaborating to find new ways to create pathways for social change.Read more
Waste technologies and processes
Our research draws on QUT's strengths in process engineering, robotics, industrial biotechnology and polymer chemistry to investigate, pilot and implement advanced technical solutions to avoid waste and transform waste into valuable products.Read more