Institute for Future

Centres and initiatives

The Institute for Future Environments is associated with several research centres and programs aligned to QUT’s key research strengths.

Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy

How can we help farmers grow more food using less resources? How do we make our agricultural systems more resistant to climate change? Can agricultural waste be processed into valuable, renewable products? These are some of the research questions being investigated by IFE’s new Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB).
Building on the foundation of research excellence established by IFE’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, CAB connects QUT’s expertise in agriculture and bioeconomy research to deliver more profitable, sustainable and resilient agricultural systems here and around the world. CAB is one of nine new University Research Centres recently announced by QUT.

Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices

Established in 2020, the Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices (CCETP) will drive the development of sustainable, low-emissions, high-efficiency systems for energy generation, distribution and use within Australia and globally. CCETP will focus activities on integration of renewable energy sources with low, or CO2-free, emissions technologies to demonstrate secure and reliable energy distribution and use for consumers across a range of scales from households to networks.

Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management (ACC | AQSM)

This collaborative research centre is developing new technologies and techniques to better monitor, prevent and mitigate the global problem of air pollution, and participate in national and international policy discussions. The ACC | AQSM’s partners include some of Australia and China’s leading research universities in the field of air quality science and management.

Strategic research initiatives

Environmental sustainability

One of humankind's greatest challenges is how to manage human and economic development without degrading ecosystems to the point where life on earth becomes unsustainable. Therefore, finding new means of monitoring and managing our environment is more important than ever. IFE is pursuing research towards technology-based approaches to better environmental monitoring, restoration and decision-making that lead to improved sustainability and productivity.

Waste-Free World

Waste is a pressing global challenge, and communities, industry and governments are all seeking solutions to reduce and manage waste. Each of the many waste streams such as plastic, textiles, food, minerals and metals need tailored approaches to adequately address each problem. IFE researchers are developing creative new waste technologies and processes, and finding ways to catalyse change among communities and organisations, and reduce the barriers to participation and adoption.


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