The University of Newcastle, Australia

Research themes

Building upon the existing research capacity established by NIER in areas such as the transformation of the energy system, and sustainability in the energy and resources sector, the GIC ERFW encompasses additional critical areas such as water and agribusiness to expand our research agenda to tackle important challenges facing these sectors.


  • Low emissions technology
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Efficiency and process intensification
  • CO2 caption and storage
  • Intelligent network technology
  • Complex dynamic systems and optimisation modelling
  • Fuels, material and energy utilistation


  • Fine particle beneficiation
  • Mineral characterisation
  • Raw materials handling
  • Iron ore sintering and coke making
  • Geotechnical and materials modelling
  • Bulk solids handling and particulate technologies
  • Precision mechatronics
  • Resources health and safety
  • Social research in resource-intensive regions


  • Sustainable food supply chain and post-harvest technologies
  • Soil productivity
  • Supply chain logistics
  • Aquaculture and marine
  • Health, nutrition and food science
  • Plant science
  • Novel processing of waste to energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Intensive agriculture

Download the Food & Agribusiness Roadmap here (PDF)


  • Balanced land use
  • Land use management and resources sustainability
  • Environmental engineering and water resources
  • Environmental remediation
  • Hydrology, climatology and paleoclimatology
  • Water quality and salinity
  • Water-energy nexus