Overview Research Brochure

We apply a diverse range of scientific methods to understand the functioning of natural and human environments, and use that interdisciplinary knowledge for more effective management of natural resources and environmental planning. Our research  focusses around four fields:

The foci underpin our postgraduate courses and postgraduate research programs in Environmental Health, Environmental Management, GIS, Groundwater Hydrology, and Water Resources Management. 

Our research and scholarship is place-specific. We work with local communities in South Australia, Australia and in many other countries on issues of local significance. We also use our detailed place-based experiences to develop expertise in environmental change contributing to sustainable development goals. 

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training is based at Flinders University with 12 partner universities, a growing list of more than 15 industry partners, and formal linkages with some of the world's leading groundwater research organisations. NCGRT brings together nearly 200 Australian and international researchers to pool their knowledge and expertise. As its role is to advance the understanding of Australia's groundwater resources, and to train the next generation of groundwater researchers Flinders University's Groundwater and Water Resources research contributes actively to NCGRT. 

Airborne Research South Australia Limited is associated with the School of the Environment. ARSA is a specialized airborne atmospheric and remote sensing research organisation based at Parafield Airport, in northern Adelaide.








Research Highlights

Flinders water project goes from bush to world stage

On World Water Day, Flinders research to help some of the world’s poorest communities safely recycle their waste water is being presented at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

Flinders wastewater expert Professor Howard Fallowfield is joining more than 20 of the world’s leading experts, all specially selected by the UNESCO & the Foundation to contribute to the “Global Water Pathogen Project (GWPP) Case Study Team Meeting”, as they seek to support and improve global waste water recycling efforts.


Wastewater research catches the eye of America’s EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has awarded research by the Flinders School of the Environment a top 10 spot in its ranking of 75 entries in the Nutrient Recycling Challenge.

Flinders environmental health honours graduate Jordan Phasey attended a forum for the top researchers in Washington DC, and also received an award at a reception at the White House.


VC awards for research excellence

Ten early-career researchers have been acknowledged by the Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling.

Dr Harriet Whiley, School of the Environment (Environmental Health);


Future Fellow gets to grips with groundwater

Freshwater resources beneath the ocean that may play a major role in the future water supply of Australian coastal cities will be a focus of the Future Fellowship awarded to Flinders University’s Professor Adrian Werner.