Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources
We are renowned for our commitment to collaborative research, multidisciplinary innovation and the transformation of new knowledge to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes.
Through our affiliated initiatives, we have expanded our research agenda to include the University’s Global Impact Cluster for Energy, Resources, Food and Water (GIC ERFW), a Pacific Node located in Samoa and the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub along with other key initiatives to tackle critical challenges beyond energy and resources, to food, agribusiness and water.
NIER’s synergetic strategy for industry collaboration has focused on providing sustainable solutions for the energy and resources sector. More recently, NIER has diversified its research reach to include areas including land use and water management, environmental adaptation, and food and agribusiness.
This expanded spectrum of research focus areas is formalised through the GIC ERFW. The GIC ERFW further grows our industry engagement, international collaboration and research translation at a broader level in the development of multidisciplinary solutions to tackle the critical challenges facing these sectors.
A research education initiative of the GIC ERFW, the Advanced Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Doctoral Training Centre delivers an industry-led doctoral training program targeting interdisciplinary areas of METS research, with an emphasis on industry-embedded experience and transferable skills training.
The University’s Global Impact Cluster for Energy, Resources, Food and Water (GIC EFRW) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has established a dedicated Pacific Node that provides a supporting framework for critical environmental research supporting regional sustainability priorities.
The NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub is supporting strong links between industry, research organisations and government to drive innovation and growth for Australia’s energy and resources sector.
An initiative of the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub and located at NIER, the Innovation Launchpad supports small to medium businesses to work with the University’s world-class researchers to test, pilot and demonstrate new products and technologies in order to scale up and potentially commercialise ideas.
UON Upper Hunter supports the area’s diversification goals of becoming an innovation intensive region by providing a flexible framework for students to access opportunities to develop applied research skills and enhance employment opportunities across a wide range of industries, whilst providing a supporting platform for existing research excellence and innovation.