Research at the Centre

The China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development is a multidisciplinary research-intensive collaborative centre that focuses on sustainable urban development and associated environmental and social issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

There are a large number of critical issues facing urban growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Research at the Centre focuses on the three priorities (low-carbon design, development & construction, pollution control & waste reduction, and developing & implementing the circular economy). Over the last 3 years this has involved projects in the following areas:

  • Developing green infrastructure systems and technologies
  • Increasing resource efficiency and waste reduction
  • Strategies to advance the Circular Economy
  • Technologies and systems for low carbon development
  • Designing healthy and sustainable public spaces
  • Mitigating urban heat stress, air pollution and related issues
  • Material flow reduction and low carbon construction strategies
  • Retrofitting existing districts with low carbon technologies and systems
  • Low-carbon living in high-density cities, including behaviour change strategies
  • Water pollution, water quality and control, and the ‘sponge city’



View the 2017-2018 research projects here.