Supporting the four core research themes, our researchers collaborate with industry partners in innovative research areas of enquiry. Embedded in an evolutionary process, these research areas constantly change over time, adapting and evolving to address the needs of our partners and our communities.
Biophilia & Wellbeing
Embedded in the Biophilia hypothesis, we are enhancing human and nature’s wellbeing through biophilic design.
Restorative Environments Design
Shaping the relationship between restorative environments and architectural design, establishing qualities of an environment that is psychologically restorative.
Promoting the benefits of nature in cities, we apply whole ecological systems to inform the design principles of future biophilic cities and regions
Future Landscapes & Ecologies
We investigate holistic landscape planning and ecological design at all scales through diverse tools and methods.
Geodesign & Scenario Planning
Using advanced GIS digital twin technologies and scenario modelling to plan regions, cities, towns and neighbourhoods to solve complex issues and achieve sustainable development goals
Remote Sensing & Digital Mapping
Enhancing ecological outcomes and ecosystem services through remote sensing and digital mapping of inland, coastal and marine environments
Smart Rural & Urban Communities
Creating smart communities by integrating innovative technologies, design and planning solutions to address contemporary spatio-environmental and socio-economic challenges
Designing Urban Futures
Engaging local communities and decision-makers through the discourse of urban design with a focus on place-based future visioning
Intelligent Built Environments
Enhancing Built Environments via Human-Centric Sensing and Artificial Intelligence
Investigating cost-effective, smart and future-ready transport technologies and solutions to support liveable, connected and resilient communities
Developing integral pattern languages to inform the design and planning of built and natural environments, supporting regenerative and adaptive futures
Drawing knowledge and inspiration from the landscape and communities to provide design solutions that respond to and create place
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Nurturing respectful landscapes that heal and re-invigorate Country and its cultural narratives
Transformative Integral Design
We solve complex problems by applying the four quadrants of integral design that intersect individual and collective phenomena with objective and subjective knowledge.
Regenerative Development & Design
Moving beyond sustainability, we develop regenerative design and planning models that are based on the reconnection of human activities with the evolutionary processes of natural systems.
Cradle to Cradle Design & Construction
Developing and implementing holistic life cycle approaches to improve decision-making aptitudes and enhancing reliability of life cycle models
Resilient & Adaptive Communities
Enabling the development of community lead bioinclusive and contextual strategies of resilience and adaptation relating to climatic and social change