Leading Griffith University's climate change research since 2007

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program, under the directorship of Professor Brendan Mackey, is based at the Gold Coast campus and leads Griffith University’s research into climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The Griffith Climate Change Response Program:

  • coordinates climate change research across the university and seeks external funding for projects
  • supports joint appointments between the Program and other Griffith Schools/Centres/Institutes
  • works with national and international partners in developing collaborative research projects
  • organises conferences, seminars and workshops


The Program brings together Griffith research expertise from a range of disciplines, providing the capacity to address climate change problems through a multidisciplinary approach:

  • coastal management and engineering
  • adaptation and resilience planning
  • policy and governance
  • social science
  • information and knowledge management
  • environmental, ecosystem and biodiversity sciences
  • micro-economics and benefit-cost analysis
  • systems modelling and decision support systems
  • climate and health collective


In September 2018 the prestigious scientific journal Nature identified Griffith University as one of 16 global 'Movers and Shakers' in the Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars supplement. Prof Ned Pankhurst, Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, attributes its recent success to two strategic investment programmes: one focussed on specific research areas, including environmental science, water science and climate change response, and a 2020 plan to become one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Griffith Climate Change Response Program