Research clusters

The ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions provides leadership on climate change, energy transition & disaster-risk research and teaching.

As an interdisciplinary institute with more than 500 members, we bring together researchers and students from 25 Schools across ANU. We support a range of research clusters, comprising groups of people, often from different disciplines, working together to build communities of practice across specific research areas. These may be long-term ongoing collaborations or convened around specific projects.

Artificial Photosynthesis »

The Artificial Photosynthesis research effort at ANU continues to focus on both the mechanism and mimicry of water-splitting in nature to store energy.

Built environment & climate change »

The built environment is both an important contributor to climate change and increasingly vulnerable to our changing climate. It's important to take a systems approach and consider both climate mitigation and climate adaptation concurrently - there are both synergies and trade-offs between the two.

Business & climate change »

In the absence of transformative action on climate change by governments around the world, many parts of the business community are charging ahead with climate action, both through reducing their own emissions and adapting to current and projected changes to the climate.

Carbon Capture & Storage »

One way to reduce greenhouse emissions while minimising disruption to high-carbon industries is to capture the emitted CO2 before it enters the atmosphere.

Carbon dioxide removal »

Exploring ways to remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere.

Climate change & development in Asia & the Pacific »

Many countries in the Asia & Pacific region are incredibly vulnerable to climate impacts, particularly our Pacific island neighbours and low-lying Asian nations

Climate change & the arts »

The arts can provide powerful ways to challenge, inform and engage people in conversations about climate change.

Climate change psychology & communication »

Scientists have been aware of human-induced climate change for decades.

Climate policy, economics, international negotiations & law »

Researchers in this group are focused on institutional responses to climate change, covering reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation.

Climate related extreme events and future scenarios »

As the world has warmed, due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, there has been a marked change in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

Climate, energy, water, food, forestry, biodiversity & land nexus »

Food, energy, environment, biodiversity and water are critical systems to both people, ecosystems and landscapes.

Culture, society, gender & climate change »

Women are often portrayed as vulnerable to climate change impacts in Asia and the Pacific, with less information available about how to respond and adapt.

Earth systems »

Research on Earth systems considers processes of the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, biosphere and solid Earth, along with their interactions.

Energy Economics & Policy »

Expertise in energy economics and policy at ANU is concentrated in the Crawford School of Public Policy and the Research School of Economics

Energy Efficiency »

Energy efficiency and demand management strategies are central to reducing energy demand growth.

Energy for Development »

Energy poverty, or the lack of access to modern energy services, is a significant global development challenge.

Energy Sociology & Risk »

The transition from fossil-fuel-based energy systems to a largely renewable energy future raises a host of social and political issues.

Energy Storage and Recovery »

Short-term energy storage is becoming increasingly important to smooth out peaks of high energy demand and low energy supply. This research cluster comprises of three main themes: material chemistry...

Energy-Water Nexus »

Responding to climate change, meeting expanding energy demand and sustaining freshwater resources are three of the greatest challenges facing society. There are crucial and often unacknowledged...

Fusion Power »

Fusion is the process that powers the sun and stars. It has the potential to deliver effectively limitless, clean, base-load power for future generations.

Health & climate change »

Addressing climate change will have numerous health benefits for our society.

Hydrogen Economy »

Hydrogen has the potential to provide the missing link between renewable energy - such as wind and solar power - and industrial energy users that have yet to fi

Nuclear Science »

Nuclear Science research at ANU is based at the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physics.

Renewable Fuels »

Research into renewable fuels at ANU takes place across three research schools.

Security »

Exploring the relationships between human security and climate change, the energy transition, and disaster risks.

Smart Grid »

In the future, the electricity grid will feature millions of intermittent and distributed generation sources.

Solar Photovoltaics »

Photovoltaics research at ANU is at the global cutting edge, spanning the entire spectrum of solar electricity technologies.

Solar Thermal »

Our research encompasses basic sciences, engineering and techno-economics for development and advancement of solar thermal and hybrid energy conversion.

Sustainable Transport »

Transport is the second largest source of carbon emissions in Australia after electricity production.