Global Change Institute Flagship Projects are a chance to undertake interdisciplinary research on global change issues. Photo: iStock
Global Change Institute Flagship Projects are a chance to undertake interdisciplinary research on global change issues. Photo: iStock

Global Change Flagship Projects (2018 – 2019)

Call for proposals to undertake interdisciplinary research on global change issues.

Are you passionate about finding solutions to global challenges such as food security, water security, global migration, an ageing population, the decline in biodiversity, sustainable development or decarbonising our energy systems and economies?

Do your research ideas cut across disciplinary and thematic boundaries, and demand new ways of thinking? Do you have a clear ‘line of sight’ to state, national or international policy-making and end-users in government, industry and civil society that you hope to inform with your research?

Would you like to work with colleagues from across UQ and beyond on projects designed to have an impact and influence?

If so, the Global Change Institute’s Flagship Project scheme, valued at up to $120,000 over two years, could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Download the two information documents that include:

  • Application guidelines: Word (1 MB) or PDF (1 MB)
  • Application form: Word (206 KB) or PDF (137 KB)

Key dates

Release of call for proposals: 18 June 2018
Applications close 5.00 pm Monday, 23 July 2018

Key contacts

Professor Bill Bellotti (
Dr David Harris (

Examples of previously successful applicants:


Enhancing Australian Indigenous health and wellbeing through community-led environmental, social and infrastructural systems solutions

Principal investigators and project team

  • Dr Nina Lansbury HALL, UQ School of Public Health – Environment Health Unit
  • Carroll GO-SAM, UQ School of Architecture – Aboriginal Environments Research Centre
  • Professor Paul MEMMOTT, UQ Institute for Social Science Research
  • Professor Jane HUNTER, UQ School of Information Technology – eResearch Group

External investigators

  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA): Sandra CREAMER, CEO; Wendy ANDERS, Senior Policy Advisor
  • University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Eye Health Group in the Centre for Health Equality: Professor Hugh TAYLOR; Emma STANFORD; Fiona LANGE
  • Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney: Dr Tim FOSTER

Project Summary:

This project responds to the urgent global change challenges of health-related hygiene with regard to life expectation equality for Indigenous people, infectious disease control, and water availability in remote Australia. It proposes using a systems-based approach for solutions-focused, community-led outcomes that seeks to enhance the health and wellbeing of Australian Indigenous people living in remote communities. The four project partners at UQ will work in an interdisciplinary collaboration with Indigenous partners, medical experts and sustainability researchers to understand and respond to the ‘system’ of environmental, social and infrastructural changes that could prevent the spread of hygiene infections. A case study focus on trachoma eye infection will provide the ‘entry point’ for a systems-wide investigation.


The GCI’s first Flagship Project involved investigators from UQ’s School of Social Science; the School of Political Science and International Studies; and School of Economics.

Project partners include:

The project – ‘We Are The People From That Land: Centring Indigenous peoples’ rights in the transition to a sustainable, low carbon future’ – will explore the international Indigenous movement that is re-imagining human rights and social and economic development in the global era of scarce water resources, climate change and energy transition.




Connect with us