Sustainability, Environment and Resources

Lead member: Queen’s University

Human well-being is dependent upon the adoption and development of renewable energy sources and sustainable energy systems, assessing and understanding the impact of human activities upon ecosystems, and the deliberate fostering of healthy ecosystems by informed energy and environmental policies.  This research theme aims to produce world class research on the development of sustainable energy, such as wind, solar and nuclear energy; the impact of environmental change on biological systems and on individual species; the provision of infrastructure that safeguards the environment; the effects of natural resource use, especially related to water and minerals; and responsible waste management.  The efforts of the researchers in this theme are supported by a number of exceptional field stations and laboratories that simulate environmental events.   The accumulated knowledge will be valuable for driving relevant national and international policies and actions, and for stimulating responsible innovation.