The Environment, Wellbeing and Sustainable Communities cluster seeks to understand how interdependent environmental and social systems affect the wellbeing and sustainability of people and populations. It examines how people inhabit, use and alter ‘natural’, rural and urban environments in diverse places

Our research has specific expertise in relation to:

  • Environmental disruption and displacement
  • The political ecology of resource access
  • Vulnerabilities to environmental change and infectious disease
  • Climate change and its impacts
  • Agri-food systems and practices
  • Biogeography
  • The impacts and management of extractive industries
  • The contestation and governance of lived experiences of nature.

Our research is conducted largely in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region, using scientific, spatial, social scientific, and interdisciplinary approaches, and often working in collaboration with institutions and communities in our research settings.

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