This theme is focused on the human dimensions of sustainable people-environment interactions. Research will examine how regional, remote and Indigenous communities and industries interact with their environment – including specific adaptations to climate change – and ways to minimise environmental impact.

It supports ecosystem services or restoration programs that support the economic and social revival of coastal communities. Partnerships will be forged with industry sectors including fisheries, aquaculture, ports, energy, tourism and coastal development, through deriving economic benefit from conservation and protection.

We will explore innovative risk reduction actions such as protection and reinstatement of coastal defences (shellfish reefs, wetlands, salt marshes) to prevent harm and reduce major economic loss. With the Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub we will research practical approaches to reduce plastic waste impacts.