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Living within limits

Australia needs to develop management systems, capacity and know-how to support sustainable living under the conditions of changing demographics and demand for constrained natural and human resources; fragile and threatened ecosystems; commoditised cultural resources; and significant, unpredictable and extreme climatic changes. Scarce Resources brings together multidisciplinary researchers working with communities to create and implement sustainable strategies and solutions that restore, protect and optimise social, cultural, economic and environmental resources.

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Research stories


Enterprising Research: The farming tool that saves water, time and money

Dr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak


Enterprising Research: The value of water to urban Australians

Dr Bethany Cooper


Enterprising Research: The impact of sub-glacial heat flow

Associate Professor Tom Raimondo


Enterprising Research: Temperature reduction capacity of urban vegetation

Professor John Boland

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We invite you to reach out and explore the exciting opportunities for your organisation to partner with UniSA. For more information and to connect with us please contact:

Acting Head of Partner Engagement
Jodieann Dawe – Director Research & Innovation Services


To engage with our “Scarce Resources” research theme, please contact Professor Christopher Saint via

Further Research Theme Steering Group members:

Anne Sharp
Enzo Lombi
James Ward
Jennifer McKay
John Boland
Marianna Sigala
Ning Gu
Yan Zhuge
Rietie Venter

For a full list of UniSA’s Research Theme Steering Groups, click here.

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