Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
The mission of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions is to benefit environmental science, policy and management across Australia and around the world by solving the complex problems of environmental management and monitoring in a rapidly changing and uncertain world.
Our primary focus is research, which is structured around five themes: (1) Environmental Policy and Management Evaluation (2) Optimal Monitoring (3) Socio/Ecological Analysis and Modelling for Environmental Decision-Making (4) Ecological Theory and Processes and (5) Quantitative tools and approaches. We have a high publication output in peer reviewed high impact journals (roughly 100 per annum), but we contribute more broadly to research through academic conference organization (one per annum) and Early Career Research travel program (approximately ten incoming and outgoing fellows per annum)
Our teaching is focused at the postgraduate level with up to 20 post-doctoral fellows and 30 research higher degree students (mostly at PhD level). We also run additional tailored research training workshops for technical skills development and environmental leadership. We host a weekly seminar series.
Our research is predominately applied and as a result we have a core interest in ensuring our research is guided by the environmental issues that are being tackled by governments, non-governmental organisations and industry. We hold regular (20+ per annum) research planning, analysis and synthesis workshops that predominately involve stakeholders from outside of academia. We regularly host national and international visitors, from both within and outside of academia. We have significant interaction with local, national and international media.
Our Centre comprises a Director and seven Chief Investigators spread across three schools (School of Biological Sciences, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, and the School of Mathematics and Physics). We have five administrative support staff. We are predominately funded by the Australian Research Council ($12 million over seven years), although have substantial co-investment from The University of Queensland, non-governmental organisations and industry.