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Research areas and approaches

We conduct project-based applied research to support communities, governments and businesses to create change towards sustainable futures.

Our research spans ten broad research areas:

Aerial view of city of SydneyCities and Buildings: Improving the liveability of urban environments with holistic and net-positive social, infrastructure and resource solutions.
Sydney skyline heat hazeClimate change and adaptation: Helping partners adapt to the challenges of a changing climate.
electricity transmission towerEnergy futures: Accelerating the transition to more decentralised energy systems that are clean, affordable, reliable and empower communities.
tractor in fieldFood systems: Transforming food systems to ensure healthy, thriving and food secure communities and businesses.
international development field workInternational development: Working in partnerships to end poverty and ensure sustainable development for all.
Sydney ParkLandscapes and ecosystems: Enhancing ecosystem integrity and livelihoods by incorporating perceptions, values and practices into decision-making.
leaves changing colourLearning and change: Facilitating individual, social and organisational transformation, learning and change.
old mobile phonesResource futures: Advancing responsible and efficient production and consumption by fostering stewardship and circular resource flows.
Sydney light railTransport: Providing solutions for quality transport services that maximise productivity at least cost and lowest impact.
central park development SydneyWater futures: Developing restorative, sustainable and resilient water management solutions.


We use a range of forward thinking tools and approaches to address our clients' research questions and help them move towards sustainability solutions. By drawing on a range of methods and tools from different disciplines, our researchers create practical and useful outcomes that can be adapted to a range of situations by government, community and corporate organisations. One of our key strengths is the ability to apply existing methodologies to new areas.

Some of the tools and approaches we use include: