27 November 2019
In 2020 the GCI will have five new research impact themes.
In 2020 the GCI will have five new research impact themes.

For more than nine years, the UQ Global Change Institute has led climate-change solutions in Australia and south-east Asia.

Established by The University of Queensland in 2010 and located in its own unique ‘living building’, the institute has acted as an important voice of independent innovative research, ideas, policy and advice for addressing the challenges of a changing world.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Bronwyn Harch said the UQ Global Change Institute was unique in Australia and one of only a handful of similar organisations in the world.

“The next iteration of the Global Change Institute presents a rare opportunity for UQ to lead research-practice innovation,” she said.

“Working across public and private sectors, the UQ Global Change Institute has already played an influential role in creating and shaping the national and global dialogue on issues such as coral reef management, sustainable energy, and food security.

“In 2020 the Global Change Institute will embark upon a new mission, to draw together expertise from across UQ, industry, government and the community to address grand challenges and build a strong Australia within a competitive global economy.”

After broad consultation, UQ has mapped out five key areas where it believes the Global Change Institute can make a significant impact:

  1. Leading Healthy Lives
  2. Building Better Bioeconomies
  3. Achieving Resilient Environments and Livelihoods
  4. Designing Technology for Tomorrow
  5. Transforming Societies

To help achieve GCI's new mission, UQ will initially be recruiting a new institute director and several new staff across the themes of impact.

An innovation broker will be responsible for each theme, drawing on strengths from UQ’s entire research portfolio and stakeholders.

Recruitment for the new positions has begun and is expected to conclude early in the New Year.

Professor Harch said the successful candidates would play a key role in ongoing research development across government departments and industries such as med-tech, the circular bio-economy, coral reef adaptation, industry 4.0 and human services delivery.

Applications close E. Australia Standard Time. More information is available at UQ JObs.

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