UWA Oceans Institute

About the Institute

West Australian coastline

The UWA Oceans Institute is a multidisciplinary marine research organisation, established in 2010 and based at the University's Crawley campus in Perth. The OI's proximity, adjacent to the Indian Ocean, makes it an ideally located hub for world-class collaborative marine research.

The Institute brings together UWA's multidisciplinary research strengths in areas such as oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management and governance to deliver Ocean Solutions Research  addressing key ocean challenges. The OI is committed to engaging and working together with state and federal governments, industry, businesses and research institutions, and the community at local, national and international levels.

1. Strategy

At the core of our mission is the goal that by 2021 we will be the leading global ocean research and education center focused on the Indian Ocean, generating positive outcomes for our communities. We will enhance knowledge through fundamental research about our oceans and develop innovative applications that effectively address global challenges such as food, energy, climate and national security and meet the needs of government, industry and communities to provide sustainable ocean solutions to real-world challenges.

We are focused on enhancing and demonstrating the impact of our research, developing and delivering new postgraduate programs and consolidating and strengthening activities with existing partners, whilst exploring new opportunities.

2. Governance and Leadership

The research focus and strategic direction of the Oceans Institute is overseen both by an external Advisory Board and an Executive Board to enhance the impact and sustainability of the Institute’s research activities.

Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board comprises senior representatives from a range of major research institutions, industry and the state government and provides independent, high level advice on industry and policy needs and trends in the Indian Ocean region to guide strategic planning for the Oceans Institute.

The Oceans Institute Advisory Board members include:

  • Mr Jock Clough
  • Dr Larry Madin
  • Dr Erica Smyth AC
  • Prof Carmen Lawrence
  • Prof John Chandler
  • Adjunct Professor Luke Smith

3. Membership

The OI is committed to expanding its multidisciplinary membership to better position it as a leader in the development of smart, sustainable and secure oceans. The Institute has a tiered membership structure has been implemented with the addition of Associate Members from 2017:

  • Academic: UWA academic staff with core research and teaching interests in oceans
  • Adjunct: external members meeting adjunct or honorary staff status with marine interests
  • Associate: UWA staff (including Emeritus) or external members with some marine research interests/activities
  • Professional/Technical: UWA staff appointed on a professional or technical basis
  • Student: HDR students (PhD and Masters) with oceans projects and/or supervised by Academic members
Learn more about what our members are researching.