Environmental Quality Theme
Our research takes place in the niche area of the link between engineering, science and policy for environmental quality, and its impact to quality of life
Although common belief is that excellence in interdisciplinary research comes with excellence in its components, in most cases this is not enough in itself to produce research outputs that are excellent or useful. Keeping in mind the complexity of environmental systems and their nature, which is also transdisciplinary, environmental quality research has beenfocusing on delivering excellence on the links between the disciplines, developing ways that interdisciplinary research can reach its full potential.
The need to manage environmental resources more sustainably drives the interdisciplinary nature of our research that delivers options for pollution control and strategies that value and protect ecosystem services. Through a systems approach to understanding problems, we focus on environmental challenges, especially where science and engineering interface with public policy. Topics include risk assessment, evaluation and design of environmental policies, pollution prevention and life-cycle analysis, and environmental trends and simulations. Our research proposes the need to reconsider our approach in applying solutions and utilising disciplines and tools to deliver them, with a renewed focus in restabilising what are the real problems from a systems perspective, at the same time demonstrating the change in mindsets required for delivering real benefits across sectors.
Our research focuses around three main areas: