University of the Sunshine Coast

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is a public university based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. USC is one of Australia’s fastest growing universities, serving an extensive region from Moreton Bay to the Fraser Coast. When the University opened its first campus on the Sunshine Coast in 1996 with 500 students, it was the first greenfield public university to be established nationally since the early 1970s. Today, with more than 17,000 enrolled students, USC is on track to be a comprehensive multi-campus university growing towards 35,000 students.

USC offers more than 120 undergraduate and postgraduate study programs in: Business, IT and tourismCreative industries, design and communicationEducationEngineering and scienceHealth, nursing and sport sciencesHumanities, psychology and social sciences and Law and criminology.

Research areas include Forests for the FutureSustainability and EnvironmentAnimal and Marine Ecology and Aquaculture and Agriculture

Sustainability Research Centre

Established in 2007, USC's Sustainability Research Centre conducts transdisciplinary research on regional environmental change and helps regions transition towards sustainability. The centre is committed to educating the next generation of sustainability scholars and leaders: the Centre’s researchers include 42 higher degree by research students, who help to lead the teaching of USC’s undergraduate major and minor in sustainability.

The Sustainability Research Centre strives to solve persistent and emerging issues related to the social and environmental nexus at local through global scales, using innovative, transdisciplinary applications of social, economic, and environmental sciences to foster long-term environmental and social resilience.


Bicycle parked on a field path in rural Cambodia, by Bryon Lippincott via Flickr.

When is migration a maladaptive response to climate change? Case studies from north-western Cambodia

This study presents analyses of climate, food security, migration, and impacts from 218 households in three locations in North-western Cambodia, the most climate vulnerable nation in SE Asia.

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