About the Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute (GCI) is a unique Australian institute.

During its first decade of operations, the UQ Global Change Institute founded and administered world-class programs such as the XL Catlin Seaview Survey, the UQ Solar Research Facility at Gatton and ground-breaking online courses.

The institute worked across both public and private sectors and played an important role in creating and shaping the national and global dialogue on climate change.

Research at UQ is supported holistically across five strategic imperatives.

The purpose of the UQ Global Change Institute is to foster transdisciplinary research practice to deliver evidence based social, economic, cultural and environmental progress. It will:

  • harness UQ's research excellence to build networks to address researchable problems that emerge from outside academia (rather than the theoretical or methodological problems of individual disciplines)
  • foster collaboration between academics and stakeholders who are affected by, or have the capacity to influence the research problem
  • develop a wholistic approach to research problems that incorporates both academic and practitioner/stakeholder knowledge throughout the research process (from problem definition and including investigation and interpretation of findings)
  • engage in the co-production of impact in which academics participate in pathways to impact with stakeholders to bring evidence/scientific knowledge/expertise to the change process.

GCI will deliver this vision by providing dedicated support to Global Change Research Networks (GCRNs) in key problem areas and through the work of Innovation Brokers that will build internal and external partnerships to focus investment and partnership opportunities around GCRNs.

The GCI will also deliver a Research Impact Nexus which will facilitate the co-design of research programs between external partners and UQ researchers and provide dedicated capability development for the research community in planning and designing research impact pathways and measuring and evaluating the impact of research beyond academia.

Five key impact themes have been established across UQ to focus investment and partnership opportunities:

 GCI has five research themes

  1. Leading healthy lives
  2. Building better bioeconomies
  3. Achieving resilient environments and livelihoods
  4. Designing technology for tomorrow
  5. Transforming societies

These impact areas represent UQ’s core strengths, capturing many of the key challenges and opportunities facing Australia.

GCI's Innovation Brokers are highly skilled professional staff, and often the first point-of-contact for industry, government and community members wishing to collaborate with UQ to address grand challenges.

Previous GCI web content

GCI's former website, with content covering the period 2015-2020, is available here.