Research that makes a difference
During the six-month seminar program, JCU academics are presenting research that impacts the outcomes of the Sustainable Development Goals, from local to global examples.
The seminar series will include presentations on JCU’s large-scale and new emerging projects led by researchers and PhD candidates.
"Future seminars will cover the business of the SDGs, urban planning and leadership for sustainable development," Ann says.
In 2016, JCU became the first Australian university signatory to UN SDGs campaign. Since then, JCU continues to support and promote the principles of the SDGs through its research, teaching, and operations.
“The JCU sustainable development working group is implementing those goals at JCU by identifying where our research and activities fit into those goals and looking at what we are doing at a local, state and global level,” she says. “It is important for an institution like JCU, who does have a focus on the tropics, to contribute to research to help achieve the UN SDGs in tropical Australia, our close neighbours in Asia and the Pacific, and the broader tropics.
“Because it is a global agreement that addresses everything from the environment, health and wellbeing to government, governance and institutions, it makes sense that JCU should be a leader not only in the research that we do but also the actions that we put in place on our campuses as well," Ann says.