Future environments research

Several grand challenges confront humanity in the 21st century, from feeding the world's booming population to managing scarce natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint.

Our Institute for Future Environments (IFE) seeks solutions to these challenges.

Hundreds of QUT researchers and students from across the fields of science, engineering, law, business, education and the creative industries collaborate at the IFE on large-scale research and development projects. They study how our natural, built and virtual environments interact, change and converge.

The IFE's areas of research include:

  • Future energy systems and clean technologies
  • Geosystems and resources
  • Healthy ecosystems and environmental monitoring
  • Intelligent environments
  • Mathematics, computation, simulation and e-research
  • Secure and resilient infrastructure
  • Sustainable tropical and subtropical production.

By giving to the IFE, you will support research into everything from bio-fuels and solar cells, to information security and greenhouse gas monitoring. Help us make the world more sustainable, secure and resilient for future generations.


Senior Development Officer (SEF)
Mrs Kym Mansfield

9 billion

World population expected by 2050.