Engineering, Communities and Environment

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The increasing use of technology and the prevalence of “stay-in-the–head-office” engineers creates significant challenges for engaging with communities, understanding their issues, ensuring maximum benefit at the local scale, and protecting environments. These challenges are critical for remote communities and environments.

Engineering, Communities and Environment (ECE) brings together a new generation of researchers focussing on engineering solutions for communities and environments (both local and remote), with particular expertise in water-related research, environment protection, water in mining, mine closure and remote energy sources. The crossdisciplinary researchers in ECE collaborate with industry and government, and a broad range of professionals, including anthropologists, archaeologists, philosophers, historians, Indigenous studies scholars, lawyers and psychologists, to find solutions to the challenges faced by remote communities. 

Problems that we solve

  • Minimise potential impacts of engineering activities on remote communities and ensure long-term benefits to the communities.
  • Protection of the environment, in particular the protection of remote waters such as drinking water, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Cutting-edge techniques such as remote sensor networks and high resolution remote sensing are critical to our research.
  • Establish guidelines for best-practice for industry and technology transfer in direct service to communities. 
  • Integrate social, technical and environmental research to facilitate the understanding of challenges and provide solutions for sustainable development.

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