Sustainable
Infrastructure
Research Hub

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Resilient infrastructure for life in the Anthropocene

Communities around the world are facing the challenge of rebuilding their homes and critical infrastructure after floods, bushfires and storms. This research theme will provide insights for how we can build and retrofit infrastructure to be resilient and to support resilient communities as extreme weather events increase in severity and occurrence, under life in the Anthropocene.

Current projects


Climate resilient water infrastructure in the Anthropocene (2022-2023)

This project investigates how resilient water infrastructure can better handle the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, increased or reduced precipitation patterns or temperatures, and rising sea levels during the Anthropocene. Reviewing academic articles and reports from international agencies will enable us to identify the most relevant elements to conceptualise what we mean by resilient water infrastructure in a changing environment with unpredictable events and various climate scenarios as part of the social-hydric cycle. Thus, water and wastewater systems are more than the sum of their engineered components. There is a fundamental assumption behind the description of these systems as socio-technical or socio-ecological. These systems deal with complex human, technological and environmental interactions where resilience has vast implications.  

Project staff

Dr Cristyn Meath
Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer
Co-founder and Lead, Infrastructure CoLab

Dr Jurij Karlovsek
Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT
EAIT Lead, Infrastructure CoLab

Mr Pablo Aranda Valenzuela
Senior Research Assistant
Water Infrastructure