Featured Stories

Featuring the work of talented University of Adelaide's researchers who closely collaborate with our Institute.

An essential goal of research is to expand current knowledge. With this in mind, the ISER team has launched this special section.

New feature stories will be published on a periodic basis under the Latest News and the front page of ISER's website to illustrate research findings in the areas of Energy, Sustainability and/or Resources.

All previously published stories will be available in this section.

We hope these impact stories will contribute to improve public understanding and to help boost interest and involvement in transformative research that creates value for a more sustainable future.

(@UoA's researchers - to feature your work in this space, please contact us via iser@adelaide.edu.au)


Associate Professor Shoko Yoneyama

Associate Professor Yoneyama, who is a sociologist in Asian Studies, and her team member Danielle LeMieux, have produced and created a climate and pandemic anxiety related course, with aims to create a source of positive emotions to drive change. 

The programs developed by these researchers will enhance students’ ability to navigate complex contemporary crises like climate change, ultimately enabling them to bring about a more sustainable future.

To read her full story click below.

Shoko Yoneyama's Impact Story


Prof Joanna Howe

Prof. Joanna Howe is a Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide. Her impact story focused on Undocumented migrants, unearthing new knowledge on a precarious source of farm labour.

Her work is internationally recognised, she is the authour of three books and a leading expert on legal regulation of temporary labour migration. She is regularly invited to present her work and evidence to Australian parliamentary inquiries into Australia's temporary labour migration programme. 

To read her full story click below. 

Joanna Howe's Impact Story


Ms Hannah Thwaites

PhD Candidate Hannah Thwaites was able to finalise a co-authored review examining the role of urban agriculture in addressing the pressing challenge of sustainable development.

Hannah worked together with the City of Playford and the City of Onkaparinga to identify and connect with local communities of practice to explore initial insights from a recent survey conducted across the metropolitan region of Adelaide about the potential role of household urban agriculture (growing food at home) in building community resilience, within the context of a changing climate. 

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Prof. Peng Bi

Professor Bi is a public health researcher in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science, with experience in environmental epidemiology and ecosystem health. His research aims to better understand the health risks posed by extreme heat.

Professor Bi and his colleagues also have another big goal in mind: developing a national consortium on health adaptation to climate change.

Learn more about the complex problems and systems they are working on by clicking the button below.

Prof. Peng Bi's Impact Story


Dr Tracey Dodd

Dr Dodd's expertise spans renewable energy, corporate governance, sustainability, social and environmental policy. All of them, crucial areas to pave the way for the transition to renewable energy.

Her research related to the closure of an ageing coal-fired power station analysed the gamut of regulatory and social factors impacting on the community's and policymakers' acceptance required to move ahead. 

Learn more about this eye-opening story by clicking the button below.

Dr Tracey Dodd's Impact Story


Prof Rachel Burton

Professor Burton’s team has honed in on how plants can be used to create sustainable, carbon-neutral industrial products. Because plants naturally absorb carbon from the atmosphere and use it to make energy, this means they balance out the amount of carbon that’s released during the manufacturing processes that turn them into useable products.

The motivation to achieve that, isn’t just about saving the world from climate change, Professor Burton explains that it’s also about future-proofing our existing manufacturing industry - something that ISER is actively supporting.

Learn more about this interesting impact story by clicking the button below.

Prof Rachel Burton's Impact Story