Public Health & Humanitarian Engineering

UNSW Engineering researchers have decades of experience in engineering and public health activities in the Indo-Pacific region, including coastal protection in the Cook Islands, air quality monitoring in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, improving the nutritional status of children in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and improving tools for electricity access in PNG.

UNSW Medicine & Health is a major contributor to global development and health in the Indo-Pacific. It engages in world-class health and medical research, education and outreach. Its mission is to improve health in Australia and globally, with a particular focus on eliminating health disparities. Broadly speaking, iuts areas of focus for sustainable development are: health systems strengthening, non-communicable diseases, injury and environment, and infectious disease and COVID-19.

Notable Research Highlights and Facilities

Drawing together experts from law, engineering, science, the arts, and social sciences, the Global Water Institute works with communities to design and implement unique and sustainable solutions to improve water quality and access, improving people's health and limiting their exposure to debilitating disease.

The WRC is an international leading university centre that provides multidisciplinary research in water resources, engineering, management and the development of tools for environmental management and sustainability for improving aquatic and atmospheric environments.

The Energy Institute unites energy activities across UNSW with industry, government, community stakeholders and other research institutions. It specialises in traditional and renewable energy, energy storage, energy systems and integration, power-to-gas and gas-to-power, digital grids, energy efficiency and productivity, and energy access and affordability.

Established in July 2019, Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre partners leading Australian universities with industry and government bodies to deliver impactful research in the future food systems domain. Its mission is to develop smart, sustainable, resilient food systems that capitalise on Australia’s unique strengths, add value to our primary produce and shore up food security.

Tyree IHealthE harnesses the considerable capabilities of UNSW Engineering and UNSW Medicine & Health. Powered by collaboration, Tyree IHealthE is an engine of discovery and research translation. It specialises in predictive analytics for managing disease, managing chronic disease and wellness and smart assessment of mental state, and hosts the Signal, Information and Machine Intelligence Lab.

The George Institute is a leading independent global medical research institute with major centres in Australia, China, India and the UK, and an international network of experts and collaborators. Its mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide, particularly those living in disadvantaged circumstances, by challenging the status quo and using innovative approaches to prevent and treat non-communicable diseases and injury. 

The Kirby Institute is a world-leading health research institute at UNSW Sydney. It works to eliminate infectious diseases, globally. The Institute's specialisation is in developing health solutions for the most at-risk communities and working to build a safer, healthier world for everyone. 

UNSW Medicine & Health is the lead academic institute for the APO, providing guidance on: the role of digital health, including telemedicine and peer-supported clinical decision-making; policy responses and planning for an ageing Pacific population; and health system governance and financing reform in Fiji.

UNSW Medicine & Health worked with The George Institute in the establishment of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Injury Prevention and Trauma Care, generating and implementing evidence-based interventions for universal injury prevention. This includes road traffic injury prevention, rehab programs for burns, drowning prevention and communication and advocacy materials for injury prevention and emergency trauma care.

UNSW is leading cutting-edge RNA science and medicine via the newly established UNSW RNA Institute. The Institute links and expands multidisciplinary teams in RNA biology, RNA chemistry and RNA medicine, with clinical experts and services, underpinned by a pilot-scale RNA accelerator facility.  

Rapid Urbanisation & Population Health (RUPH) Network