Monday 2 December 2019

September 2019 marked the successful conclusion of the inaugural ten-year Directorship of the UQ Global Change Institute (GCI) by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg FAA.

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Have you ever wondered how just 2 degrees of warming will change our cities and regions? How we will cope with more frequent extreme weather events, such as flooding, cyclones or heat stress? What does this mean for future placemaking?

Tuesday 19 November 2019
Seminar on climate change, energy and national security by Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn AO (Retd)
Friday 11 October 2019
Australian and Pacific Island Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples are on the front line of the global climate crisis. They are also leaders in charting responses to this crisis that can uphold human, and including Indigenous, rights. This one-day event will bring together speakers from across Australia and the Pacific to identify the specific human rights, including Indigenous rights, challenged by the climate crisis. It will also create a forum for strategic alliance building across NGOs, researchers and community organisations to support on-going rights based climate campaigning, research and education.
Friday 20 September 2019
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Tuesday 6 August 2019
Evening Seminar and Panel Discussion

Please join us for a fascinating evening as thought-leaders share their ideas about what a new economy should look like by 2030. Speakers from different disciplines will share short summaries of what they think the economy should look like in 10 years’ time – including the future of work, sustainability and social justice – and what actions need to be taken now, if we’re to achieve a new economy.

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Market Day is not to be missed with more than 190 stalls highlighting internal and external services, clubs, societies and programs for new and current students to get involved in.

Thursday 11 July 2019
Please join us for an evening of discussion on food, agriculture, dispossession and sovereignty, and the challenges contemporary food sovereignty movements face in untangling from colonial logics. We will be joined by Dr Christopher Mayes – author of the recently published book: Unsettling Food Politics, Agriculture, Dispossession and Sovereignty in Australia (Rowman and Littlefield). A little about the book: Unsettling Food Politics provides an unsettling reminder that Australian agriculture and food systems are part of the on-going systems of colonialism and historic injustices that bare down on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Wednesday 10 April 2019


Dr John Ingram

University of Oxford, UK
Currently visiting The University of Queensland on an OECD Research Fellowship

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 (2.30 – 4.00 pm)
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland

Friday 15 February 2019
The Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat (GoA), Red Sea, harbors a high-latitude (29°N), yet flourishing and diverse coral reef. In spite of a normal rate of warming (~0.035°C per yr) and the occasional occurrence of extremely hot summers, no mass bleaching has ever been reported from the GoA. The local corals appear to defy the otherwise universal “heating rule” of coral bleaching. On the other hand, mass mortalities of corals occur in the GoA due to algal smothering during unusual spring blooms that follow extremely cold winters. In this talk, I will demonstrate how both phenomena are related to the unique geology and oceanography of the Red Sea, where a shallow sill (137 m) at the Straits of Bab el Mandeb controls the temperature and extent of water exchange with the Indian Ocean. Consequently, the deep Red Sea waters are unusually warm (e.g., 21°C at 2500 m depth), stratification is weak, and vertical mixing during winter reaches depths that greatly exceed any other warm-water ocean on the globe (e.g., >800 m in the cold winter after the Pinatubo eruption in 1991).
Wednesday 2 January 2019


The UQ Global Change Institute wishes its friends and supporters a safe and happy festive season.

We expect to make several exciting new announcements during 2019 regarding the institute’s research focus and direction, so watch this space.

GCI staff will return to work on Wednesday, 2 January 2019.

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Why do food researchers and activists need to understand capitalism?

Wednesday 17 October 2018
Plastic waste is undoubtedly a global challenge. Our love affair with plastic began with the widespread popularity of Bakelite wireless radios in the early 1900s. Fast-forward another 100 years or so, and Leo Baekeland could never have foreseen the popularity, diversity or ubiquity of the material for which he coined the name ‘plastics’. It’s widely acknowledged that plastic has now become a significant threat to our long-term ecological survival. Plastic is literally everywhere – and that’s becoming a BIG problem because we don't have a sophisticated way of dealing with the material on a global scale.


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