About us

About us

The Climate & Energy College is an international team of early career researchers. The College conducts climate and energy systems research in an interdisciplinary environment, advancing knowledge and informing responses to the complex challenges of climate change. 

We are a world-class research hub located at the University of Melbourne collaborating with leading Australian and German research institutions. Our research is centred on: 

Climate Change: Advancing understanding of climate system processes and assessing related impacts, through observational and modelling-based methods. Key research areas include climate projections, extreme events, impacts on ecosystems, agriculture and health, as well as vulnerability and resilience assessments. 

Energy Transitions: Assessing the technical and social dynamics of regional and global energy systems, through research projects investigating the opportunities, technological challenges, implementation barriers, market designs, and economics of a transition towards a decarbonised energy system.

The scope of the College includes science, engineering, governance, policy, and law, cutting across climate change and energy transitions research. This includes examining global and regional emission pathways and mitigation strategies, equity, carbon budgets, trade, finance, mitigation costs and opportunities of different climate change response options. 

The College offers PhD candidates the platform to pursue research in climate change and energy transitions in a multidisciplinary framework, alongside leading researchers in their respective fields. The College facilitates opportunities to develop research collaborations at partner institutions overseas. 

The Climate & Energy College is more than a research platform. It is an immersive environment active in policy relevant discussions on a local, national and international scale. It makes submissions to public inquiries, provides input to international climate negotiations, engages with media, undertakes fact checks, and conducts commissioned research for public, private sectors, and civil society groups. 

These extensive opportunities prepare our scholars for a diverse range of career pathways and facilitate participation in global professional networks.

Our Seminars

Public Seminars

The College is dedicated to public outreach. We endeavour to make the latest research and insights on climate change and the energy transition accessible to the general public. Our primary tool for doing so is our seminar series.

The College hosts experts from academia, industry and government who present on a range of climate and energy topics. The public is invited to attend, either in-person or via webinar, and to participate in a Q&A session at the end of the presentation. Videos and slides are then made available on our website. 

If you wish to subscribe to our events newsletter, please scroll to the bottom of our Seminars page and add your details http://climatecollege.unimelb.edu.au/seminars

Please see our events calendar of upcoming and past events.

Web tools and Projects we developed

  • Open-NEM

    The live tracker of the Australian electricity market.

  • Paris Equity Check

    This website is based on a Nature Climate Change study that compares Nationally Determined Contributions with equitable national emissions trajectories in line with the five categories of equity outlined by the IPCC.

  • liveMAGICC Climate Model

    Run one of the most popular reduced-complexity climate carbon cycle models online. Used by IPCC, UNEP GAP reports and numerous scientific publications.

  • NDC & INDC Factsheets

    Check out our analysis of all the post-2020 targets that countries announced under the Paris Agreement.