Our capabilities span in-depth disciplinary and cutting edge trans-disciplinary research in clean energy, urban futures, climate change adaptation, water, food and resource management.
Learn more about some of the exciting ways UTS is making a difference in sustainability:
Adapting to urban heat
Researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Futures have produced the first national data on urban tree cover, helping us understand why certain urban areas are much hotter than others, and more importantly, what we can do about it.
Technology talks to the trees to secure groundwater
A simple and scalable technology that monitors trees could solve the problem of groundwater depletion in arid and semi-arid regions. The research has potential to help 50 per cent of the world's population who rely on groundwater to survive.
Unlocking riches through sustainable desalination
In a world first, an international team of researchers has developed a more environmentally friendly method of extracting fresh water from seawater, and recovering valuable resources from the by-products.
Reducing carbon and increasing productivity
The annual Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity - a joint initiative of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy and the Institute for Sustainable Futures - aims to ensure energy productivity remains a top priority on the national and international agenda.
Clean, green, heating machine
A multi-disciplinary team bringing together science, sustainable building design and architecture may soon develop the first Australian buildings to be powered by living algae.
Enabling access to clean water and sanitation
The Enterprise in WASH research initiative investigates how non-government organisations can best work at the interface of private, civil society and public sectors to support equitable, sustainable service delivery in challenging contexts.
The politics of coal and climate
A subtle shift towards renewable energy is having a dramatic impact on the politics surrounding coal mine developments. A team from UTS, with colleagues at the University of Sydney, investigates.
The power of data: creating more liveable cities
A collaborative project led by the Knowledge Economy Institute and the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures is using data science to deliver new insights into Sydney’s urban environment.
A breath of fresh air
Sydney company Junglefy is increasing opportunities for living infrastructure innovation by combining their industry expertise with the technical know-how of UTS researchers.
Part of the fabric: professional fishing in NSW coastal towns
A UTS-led research project sheds light on the complex world of professional fishing and how it shapes our coastal heritage.