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Sustainability at Melbourne

Fifteen stories on Melbourne University researchers who want to change the world.

'Sustainability at Melbourne' tells the stories of 15 of our best researchers and students. It's written for the general public, business, government and NGOs, to share our stories as widely as possible.

From water, food and climate change to protecting wildlife and improving the way our cities work, the University of Melbourne is committed to excellent research on sustainability.

We have an estimated 1300 researchers working in fields relevant to sustainability and resilience, with annual research expenditure of about $218 million.

Read some of our researchers’ stories in this document called Sustainability at Melbourne. Who knows, you might uncover something here that will become part of your daily life in the future.

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CHEAPER SOLAR PANELS

David Jones is looking into roofs made entirely of cheap solar tiles...

THE WALKABLE CITY

Billie Giles-Corti, expert in liveable cities, challenges us to rethink our lifestyles...

WHERE IS YOUR FOOD FROM?

Kirsten Larsen, creating food hubs and keeping the farmers in business...

SPEAKING UP

Peter Doherty, Biomedical Scientist and Nobel Prize winner in Physiology...

CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR THE WORLD

Peter Scales says the world is heading for a water crisis...

TRACKING CLIMATE CHANGE - IN REAL TIME

David Karoly, Professor of Atmospheric Science and climate change expert...

MAKING GREEN ROOFS WORK IN AUSTRALIA

Claire Farrell, Lecturer in Green Infrastructure and green roof researcher...
 

RETHINKING CLIMATE POLITICS

Robyn Eckersley works on the international politics, governance and ethics of climate change...

HAVING THE EAR OF GOVERNMENTS

Economist Ross Garnaut has been advising prime ministers on policy since the 1970s...

PREDICTING THE PATH OF BUSHFIRES

Kevin Tolhurst, designing software to predict the intensity and direction of bushfires...

LISTENING TO INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE

Kerry Arabena is a Chair of Indigenous Health...

GOING UNDERGROUND FOR CLEAN ENERGY

Guillermo Narsilio is using the undreground cool temperatures to chill down buildings...

FOOD IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

Elisabeth Vogel is researching the impact of extreme climate events on food production...

 

WILDLIFE ON THE MOVE

Kylie Soanes won a Young Scientist Research Prize for her research on the survival of squirrel gliders...

NEXT-GEN LEADERS

Kakau Foliaki is bringing solar power to Tonga...