Environmental Science at Griffith is largely addressed through the activities of the Environmental Futures Research Institute formed in July 2009 from the Centre for Horticulture and Forestry, and the Centre for Innovative Conservation Strategies.
Since amalgamation, the Environmental Futures Research Institute has developed as a major centre of research excellence in environmental sciences with 40 active researchers, 16 international visitors, 42 adjunct staff, 26 technical and administrative staff and more than 79 HDR students.
ASI support will further cement Griffith's longstanding role as a leader in environmental research.
The Environmental Futures Research Institute is trans-disciplinary, diverse in research expertise - combining fundamental, applied and social sciences, solutions oriented and locally active and globally engaged. The Institute's multidisciplinary nature emerges from synergies of the Griffith School of Environment and School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences academics and students. While our scientists are leaders in a comprehensive range of research fields, there are also many commonalities including foci on excellence in fundamental science, environmental sustainability and the effective development of evidence based solutions to significant environmental challenges.
The mission of the Environmental Futures Research Institute is to undertake excellent fundamental and multidisciplinary research to aid the understanding of critical environmental issues and develop solutions that will facilitate clean, resilient and sustainable futures for Australian and global environments.
The Environmental Futures Research Institute research focus has four strategic priorities:
- Clean environment and energy
- Resilient biodiversity and ecosystems
- Sustainable landscape management, and
- Australia's past and future
These strategic priorities represent areas of critical mass within the Institute while also representing areas of future growth and critical environmental issues.