About us

Welcome to the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre.  

Natural and Built Environments Research Centre sits within the School of Natural and Built Environments within the Division of ITEE at Mawson Lakes. NBE conducts specialist and interdisciplinary research to support improved environmental and socio-economic sustainability.  With more than 50 full-time academic staff and over 100 PhD students, the School provides a stimulating and well-resourced research environment.  Our research is funded through Australian Research Council (ARC) grants and grants from industry and government agencies.  PhD and Masters by research degrees are offered in all discipline areas across the School. 

We collaborate with the following UniSA institutes: 

Future Industries Institute

The University of South Australia’s (UniSA) new multi-million dollar Future Industries Institute (FII) focuses on building knowledge and capacity in core future industries. The Institute combines and builds from the established research capability and reputation of the former Ian Wark Research Institute, Mawson Institute and Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, and extends into other complementary research capabilities within the University's Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment and across the university. 

Barbara Hardy Institute

More than half of the School’s academic staff are core researchers in the Barbara Hardy Institute which aims to provide leadership in research and engagement with industry, government and communities to create integrated structural, technological and behavioural solutions for sustainably managed communities and natural environments.  The School’s academics working in the Barbara Hardy Institute are particularly involved in research projects relating to building, planning, structural and geotechnical engineering, ecology, geospatial sciences, geology and education.  Our structural and geotechnical engineering research is supported by excellent laboratory infrastructure, including the largest structural strong-floor in South Australia. 

Areas of study and research

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