The UWA Oceans Institute is a multidisciplinary marine research organisation, established in 2010 and based at The University of Western Australia (UWA). Located in Perth, Western Australia, the proximity of the Oceans Institute, adjacent to the Indian Ocean, makes it a hub for world-class collaborative marine research.
The research profile of the Oceans Institute brings together UWA's multidisciplinary research strengths in areas such as oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management and governance to deliver Ocean Solutions Research that address key ocean challenges. The Oceans Institute is committed to engaging and working together with State and Federal government bodies, a range of industries, businesses and research institutions, and the community at local, national and international levels.
Australia is a marine nation with more territory in the ocean than on land. Our economy relies on our oceans resources, through fisheries, transport, oil and gas and tourism, and we must ensure the sustainable use of these resources for the future.
The Oceans Institute aims to develop opportunities to offer ocean-based solutions for the conservation and the sustainable use of our marine resources including water, food, energy and bio-resources. A cross - and multi-disciplinary approach enables the Oceans Institute to integrate and focus on evidence-based solutions that will benefit society. These are broadly captured under the following programs: ‘Safeguarding our Resources’, ‘Influencing Governance and Policy’, ‘Building Resilience’ and ‘Exploring and Discovery’.
The following priorities drive the Oceans Institute’s operational activities and long-term focus:
The research focus and strategic direction of the Oceans Institute is overseen by both an external Advisory Board and an Executive Board to enhance the impact and sustainability of the Institute’s research activities.
The UWA Oceans Institute Advisory Board comprises senior representatives from a range of major research institutions and the state government. The Advisory Board 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 UWA Oceans Institute Executive Board is chaired by UWA’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, and brings together members from collaborating faculties to develop the strategic priorities and objectives for the successful operation of the Institute.
The Oceans Institute has established a core Leadership Team with the primary function of implementing the Institute’s operational strategy. The team meets fortnightly to consider actions and activities that support the strategic vision of the Institute.
Membership of the Oceans Institute comprises over 250 academic and student members from across UWA, bringing together a broad portfolio of scientific and other capabilities and enhanced opportunities for collaborative, multidisciplinary research.
Our members include Postgraduate Students undertaking ocean-based research as well as Adjunct appointments, further enriching our marine expertise.