Global Engagement
Research themes

Our research themes


Adelaide and Nottingham each have world-leading strengths in food, health and sustainability research. These areas will provide a strategic focus as we deepen and broaden collaboration between our universities.

Each theme draws on the unique research ecosystem resulting from the combined capabilities and infrastructure across the two universities and underlines our commitment to bring together transdisciplinary teams to tackle complex global challenges and train the research leaders of tomorrow.

Global Food Systems

As the world’s population grows, it is more important than ever we take a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and developing food production systems. The Global Food Systems Theme will contribute to the grand challenge of providing healthy food in a constantly changing environment. This has so far been driven through our research in agriculture, plant science, crop science, environmental science, food science, advanced technologies, data science, humanities and social science. We aim to build on this success while expanding our areas of collaboration.

Sustainable Futures

The world faces complex environmental, social and economic challenges. By working in partnership to deliver sustainable solutions, we will help societies in Australia, the UK and beyond to adapt and flourish. Sustainable Futures will explore:

  • planetary health and biodiversity restoration
  • sustainable production and consumption through clean technologies
  • resilient, healthy and sustainable communities, buildings and infrastructures
  • sustainable governance and decision-making

Intelligent Health

Innovative technologies and intelligent, data-driven social strategies will shape the future of healthcare. Our researchers explore how transformational biotechnologies and tools, better understanding of health systems and inclusive, evidence-informed socio-health policies will improve outcomes.  Our multi-disciplinary, intelligence-informed approach will help make health systems more agile, tailoring care for the needs of individual patients while improving wellbeing for communities at a national and global scale.


Get in touch

Our theme leads engage colleagues from a broad range of disciplines across Adelaide and Nottingham, and build relationships with industry and other stakeholders to identify and respond to opportunities to deepen the impact of our innovations.


Global Food Systems

UK lead: Professor Ian Fisk, School of Biosciences

Australia lead: Dr Chris Ford, Associate Professor, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Sustainable Futures

UK lead: Dr Eleanor Binner, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Australia lead: Professor Veronica Soebarto, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Intelligent Health

UK lead: Dr Sally Eldeghaidy, Assistant Professor, School of Biosciences

Australia lead: Professor Amanda Page, School of Biomedicine



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