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Living within limits

Australia needs to develop management systems, capacity and know-how to support sustainable living under the conditions of changing demographics and demand for constrained natural and human resources; fragile and threatened ecosystems; commoditised cultural resources; and significant, unpredictable and extreme climatic changes. Scarce Resources brings together multidisciplinary researchers working with communities to create and implement sustainable strategies and solutions that restore, protect and optimise social, cultural, economic and environmental resources.

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Research stories


Enterprising Research: The value of water to urban Australians

Dr Bethany Cooper


Enterprising Research: The economic value of services provided by nature

Dr Sharolyn Anderson


Enterprising Research: Temperature reduction capacity of urban vegetation

Professor John Boland

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We invite you to reach out and explore the exciting opportunities for your organisation to partner with UniSA. For more information and to connect with us please contact:

Professor Andy
Ph: (08) 8302 9129

Ph: (08) 8302 5854

Ph: (08) 8302 5360


To engage with our “Scarce Resources” research theme, please contact Professor Christopher Saint via

Further Research Theme Steering Group members:

Jennifer McKay
Enzo Lombi
James Ward
Marianna Sigala
Lia Bryant
John Boland
Yan Zhuge
Ning Gu

For a full list of UniSA’s Research Theme Steering Groups, click here.

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