About us

Welcome to the Barbara Hardy Institute

The Barbara Hardy Institute brings together world-leading researchers to work in multidisciplinary teams on real-world issues. Our researchers are scientists, engineers and social scientists, working together with a focus on the sustainability of our society.

Established in 2005 and reconstituted as the Barbara Hardy Institute in 2011, whose patron is the well known and widely respected Dr Barbara Hardy, champions her vision for the 'widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices' by utilising multidisciplinary research approaches that challenge conventional thinking.

The Institute ethos is to support its members in conducting relevant, globally significant, multidisciplinary research. We collaborate with partners internally, nationally and internationally, engaging stakeholders and building partnerships to attract investment and promote research. Currently, our team includes around 250 members, who share the same vision: doing great research into sustainability.

Strategic plan and research report

Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017    


Research Report 2013


Research Report 2012


Research Report 2011


Our strategic benchmarking documentation, the Strategic Plan 2012-2017, and our annual Research Report detail the institute's vision, goals and aims and showcases the research of our membership.

Our mission

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.

Our history

Find out more about the Institute and our antecedent research concentrations.