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There are few places in the world where economists, hydrologists, historians, ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists all work together seeking solutions to some of contemporary society's most significant challenges.
The Australian National University's Fenner School of Environment and Society is one such place and provides a forum for the rigorous exploration of diverse ideas, perspectives, and methods of identifying and solving problems at the interface of the natural and social sciences, including the humanities, as they apply to the environment and sustainability.
Fenner offers expert perspectives on complex environmental and sustainable development challenges, drawing on decades of quality empirical and applied research. Research focuses on understanding environmental changes across a range of scales in time and place, enabling the school to provide past, present and future narratives to guide science, policy and management. Of particular importance to us is our capacity to encourage sound policy and governance outcomes that support sustainability.
The Centre for Disaster Studies is a multi-disciplinary research unit within the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. The Centre has acted as the university's face to the public and the professionals in the Emergency Management and Meteorology fields, city councils and other researchers since its establishment in 1979. Members have extensive research expertise, field work experience and professional teaching capacity in community based disaster management (all hazards).
Academic research members have a strong foundation in the following research areas (both domestic and international):
- Integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
- Land use planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change
- Building resilience in the built, natural and social environment
- Tourism crisis and disaster management
- Vulnerability and capacity assessment (community mapping for DRR and recovery)
- Social network analysis for disaster governance, risk reduction and resilience
- Post disaster assessment for response and recovery
- Sustainable development/redevelopment and livelihoods
Affiliate members of the Centre also conduct relevant research in the fields of engineering, public health, nursing, journalism/media, psychology, education, anthropology, human geography and the broader social sciences.
The Centre has extensive experience in the translation of research and science into effective policy recommendations and action.
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Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR)
The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) is at the international forefront in assessing the reliability, safety, durability and management of buildings, bridges, pipelines, aviation, and other infrastructure systems.
The pioneering research at CIPAR includes risk and reliability assessment, corrosion of infrastructure, and structural masonry.
The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) comprises the following areas of international research strength:
We are a team of academics who are actively engaged in research, teaching, and professional service across sub-disciplines of civil engineering.
We have strong connections to the community of practising civil engineers, as well as leadership roles within the international academic community.
Our researchers are involved in cutting-edge research programs, topics and projects across all of our sub-disciplines.
Our research has made significant contributions to QUT's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.
We received a 4 (above world standard) in environmental engineering, and a 3 (at world standard) for civil engineering.
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