FAME Sustainability Strategy

A platform for research excellence and its translation.

The University of Adelaide's FAME (Foci And Magnets for Excellence) Sustainability Strategy provides a platform that delivers positive impacts for our State and Nation through research excellence and its translation.

The Sustainability Strategy stimulates the development of new multi-disciplinary research projects related to five Research Missions (RM) for Sustainable Transformation. 

RM1: Resilient, healthy and equitable communities

Seeks to reduce global inequality and promote a sustainable future by focusing on various aspects such as human rights, justice, inclusivity, indigenous voice and traditional knowledge, resilient infrastructure and planning, disaster risk reduction, and improving the wellbeing of vulnerable populations through better health systems.

RM2: Responsible resource production and consumption

Explores innovative systems and solutions required to improve production and consumption, ranging from critical minerals’ extraction to optimised food production and water use.  Investigates how we can do more with less to ensure the sustainable and efficient use of a natural resource.

RM3: Planetary health and biodiversity restoration

Focuses on planetary health, including the restoration and resilience of biodiversity and ecosystems. This includes pioneering new knowledge into planetary health, biodiversity restoration solutions, nature-based climate adaptation, and the true valuation of ecosystem services. It will also champion indigenous and traditional knowledge to strengthen ecological research.

RM4: Accelerated access to clean and green technologies

Accelerates the technology, innovation and skills required to transform to a sustainable economy. This includes developing future fuels (including hydrogen) and low emissions technology, as well as reducing inequality through transferable, affordable and accessible technology.

RM5: Effective sustainability governance and decision-making

Encourages and enables sustainable governance. This includes research into reimagining governance structures, responsive policy and regulatory design, mobilising green and climate finance, capacity development and behavioural change, and enhanced decision-making tools. It will also examine the co-benefits, trade-offs and tough choices required to navigate sustainability issues.