The Barbara Hardy Institute was formed in 2011 following the amalgamation of the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies with the Barbara Hardy Centre for Sustainable Urban Environments. This page gives a brief account of the antecedent research concentrations and how they were formed at UniSA.
The Agricultural Machinery Research and Design Centre was formed with Director John Fielke. The Centre evolved out of a need in the industry for quality research and development into the engineering aspects of agriculture and the processes of adding of value to agricultural products.
The Transport Systems Centre was formed with Director Michael Taylor. The Centre focused on strategic and applied research, consultancy, and postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, seeking long-term solutions to problems of transport and logistics.
The Centre for Building and Planning Studies was formed with Director George Zillante. The Centre was established to provide resources and opportunities for research into the planning, design and development functions of government, industry and community. It has developed an expert advisory consultant service to the building and planning industry.
The Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics was formed with Director Jerzy Filar. It's focus was specialist mathematical research and consulting, with an emphasis on mathematical and computer modelling techniques.
The Sustainable Energy Centre was formed with Director Wasim Saman. With an emphasis on developing and promoting systems and technologies which contribute to climate change mitigation and adaption, it focused on energy demand-side management and renewable energy applications.
Leaders of the centres started planning to form a research Institute.
The Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies Initiative was formed through the University of South Australia Emerging Thematic Priorities Scheme. The leaders were Michael Taylor (2003) followed by Wasim Saman and Jerzy Filar (2004-2005).
The Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies was launched, incorporating the centres. The founding Director was Wasim Saman.
The Centre for Building and Planning Studies joined the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies.
The Barbara Hardy Centre was formed with Director Chris Daniels. It was focussed on the sustainability of cities, the conservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of the natural processes that sustain life. With their work underpinned by community participation and education.
Michael Taylor was appointed Director of the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies.
The Regional Sustainability Centre located at Whyalla Campus was formed in 2009 as part of the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies, with Director Farid Christo. Establishment of the Centre was in response to projected increase in demands for energy and water resources in regional South Australia.
The Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics formed another research concentration with Director Vladimir Ejov with some members remaining within the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies.
The Barbara Hardy Centre amalgamated with the Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies, forming the Barbara Hardy Institute, with Chris Daniels as its Director. The Barbara Hardy Institute officially launched on November 30.