Global Change Institute (GCI)

The University of Queensland

Population growth, technological innovation and climate change will affect us all in future years. The Global Change Institute recognises that addressing such challenges requires a truly multidisciplinary approach to research. The University of Queensland established GCI as a unique collaborative hub to draw together researchers from various disciplines including social science, economics, marine biology and physics to address these big issues across four themes: Healthy Oceans; Clean Energy; Sustainable Water; and Food Systems. The Institute is housed in a 6 Green Star $32m ‘Living Building’, ranked 34th in the world’s most impressive environmentally friendly university buildings. A zero-carbon building, it has 60,000L rainwater storage, generates more energy than it consumes with enough solar panels to power 21 homes, and has a green wall that represents the lungs of the building.

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
Building 20, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072

Strengths and capabilities

  • Healthy oceans research
  • Food systems research
  • Sustainable water research
  • Clean energy research
  • Climate change research
  • Population growth research
  • Technological innovation

Facilities and major equipment

  • GCI 'Living Building'
  • 3.275MW 10ha solar research facility

Lead researcher

  • Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg—Discovered the molecular mechanism behind coral bleaching, directly influencing global policy
  • Professor Bill Bellotti—More than 30 years' experience in agricultural production system research in southern Australia, western China and eastern India
  • Professor Tapan Saha—Condition monitoring of electrical equipment, power system stability and control and integration of renewable energy to the national grid

Achievements of the centre

  • XL Catlin Seaview Survey researchers have captured more than 500,000 images of coral reefs to enhance future monitoring and management efforts
  • The 3.275MW Gatton Solar Research Facility is improving understanding of cost efficiencies and grid integration of large-scale solar
  • The Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services Project seeks to unlock the natural wealth of East Asia
  • Pacific coastlines.

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