Agriculture Water Environment

“Gulbali ngurambang” is Wiradjuri which translates to “to understand country". After consultation with First Nations people, we use this phrase respectfully as the name of our research institute.

The Gulbali Institute creates impactful integrated agriculture, water and environment research, grounded in Charles Sturt’s footprint across the Murray-Darling Basin, but with impact across Australia and globally.

We emphasise return on investment to increase productivity for farmers, improve natural environments, and reduce risk in agricultural and environmental management.

The Gulbali Institute will maintain Charles Sturt’s existing program of research and its strong relationships, in particular with Research Development Corporations, key State and Commonwealth departments and agencies, and private industry to achieve outstanding outcomes.

In an exciting new development, the Institute will also undertake multi- and interdisciplinary research and innovation, focusing on:

  • Optimising farm systems for performance and sustainability
  • Enhancing the health and resilience of freshwater ecosystems
  • Promoting biodiversity across landscapes

Support for research students

We are committed to facilitating a positive learning environment for research students and focuses its energies towards Research Higher Degree (RHD) student completions through a combination of workshops, mentor support, quality supervision, and opportunities to link with other research centres.

Fields of research

The University's research ranges from cardiovascular, plant bio-security, farming systems, enhanced social and environmental sustainability, and irrigation to contextual theology, artificial intelligence and spatial modelling techniques, improving agricultural productivity through molecular biology, and environment and sustainable viticulture.

Portfolios of research and consulting amount to about $10 million annually.

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Admission requirements

For admission to postgraduate research programs, you need a recognised Bachelor degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.

Your academic performance at the Bachelor level will be assessed as part of the admissions process.

Applicants are also required to submit a 300-word research proposal outlining the intended area of research.

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How to apply

Applications for admission to a Research Higher Degree need to be completed and forwarded together with all necessary documentation (e.g. transcripts of previous study and a 300-word research outline) to Charles Sturt University Admissions.

With no nominated closing date, applications can be lodged at any time for the PhD and Master by research programs and research professional Doctorates.

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