Research capability

Exploitation of fossil fuel resources such as natural gas requires a balance to be struck between:
  • Optimised recovery and stewardship of these state-owned scarce, non-renewable resources through the application of geoscience and petroleum engineering expertise.

  • Implications of such exploitation on society and the economy (such as social changes, housing, costs and jobs).

  • Implications for the wider environment (such as land use and water impacts or emissions to the atmosphere.

The Centre's capability across these areas is driven by in-house expertise as well as research partners from across the University of Queensland and other institutions.
The research program is managed by three professorial research chairs across the Centre's research areas of Geoscience, Petroleum Engineering, Water, and Social Performance.