Global Change Research Networks

GCI's challenge-based research networks are underpinned by capabilities across a range of disciplines alongside external stakeholders to develop a wholistic approach to research challenges.

The Global Change Institute fosters the development of pathways to research impact.

The institute is currently developing research programs around: digital health, next-generation workplaces, sustainable aquaculture and protected cropping.

Digital health

Traditional models of healthcare delivery are no longer sustainable. Digital technologies are an opportunity to respond to this problem by enabling digital health data driven improvements in health care and management. The Digital Health Global Change Research Program (GCRP) draws together a range of stakeholders from disciplines including clinical informatics, data science, wearable technologies as well as clinical service provision and education and information systems.

This GCRP is improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare for Australians ...

Next-generation workplaces

Technology and digital transformation are altering how and where we work; promoting hybrid work, teleworking, involuntary working from home, and blurry boundaries between home and office. The Next-generation Workplace GCRP will draw together researchers with expertise in fields such workplace physical and mental health, labour regulation, urban design and planning, productivity and efficiency and conflict management alongside stakeholders including workplace health and safety as well as the insurance industry.

This GCRP is developing workspaces that are technologically informed, agile and adaptive to the new technologically driven jobs where human and the robotics can work together and promote a multi-generational workforce prepared for flexible work and challenges to societal health ...

Sustainable aquaculture

We face a global challenge to feed two billion more people without incurring an environmental impact. Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector globally. The Sustainable Aquaculture GCRP will draw together a range of stakeholders, including economists, systems analysts, aqua-culturist, ecologists and engineers as well as indigenous communities.

This GCRP is developing scalable aquaculture systems suitable for coastal indigenous and other communities, providing enhanced local nutritional security, employment, increased self-determination and maintenance of culture ...

Protected cropping

Climate change, natural disasters and the pandemic all reinforce the need to pivot the Agrifood sector in a changing landscape.

Protected cropping uses controlled facilities for growing plants, regardless of external conditions and climatic extremes. The Protected Cropping GCRP will draw together a range of stakeholders including biologists, material scientists, hydrologists, and designers as well as the agricultural and food industries. This GCRP is creating a sustainable future for the agriculture industry in Australia ...

Research impact nexus

  • Unpacks the research dimensions of global challenges through Future Forums and the What If Lab
  • Research co-design facility which enables diverse stakeholders to design programs of research to address global challenges
  • Research impact pathway design facility supporting researchers to develop and measure pathways to impact and communicate the value of their research

Research excellence unperpins research impact