About the Global Change Institute

 The UQ Global Change Institute aims to foster transdisciplinary research practice to deliver evidence-based social, economic, cultural and environmental progress.

The institute achieves this by:

  • Harnessing 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)
  • Fostering collaboration between academics and stakeholders who are affected by, or have the capacity to influence the research problem
  • Developing a holistic 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)
  • Engaging 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 delivers this vision by providing dedicated support to Global Change Research Networks (GCRNs) in key problem areas and through the work of Innovation Brokers who build internal and external partnerships to focus investment and partnership opportunities around GCRNs.

The GCI will also deliver a Research Impact Nexus ,which will have two main roles:

  1. Facilitate the co-design of research programs between external partners and UQ researchers, and
  2. 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.

The GCI model

 GCI has five research themes