Professor Young is one of the country’s leading water policy experts and has played a key role in the development of water policy in Australia. He has been identified by The Canberra Times as one of the 10 most influential people in water policy reform and was awarded the Land and Water Australia Eureka Award for Water Research and a Centenary Medal for his contribution to environmental economics. The Sunday Mail identified Mike as one of the 50 most influential people in South Australia and the person most likely to change the place we live.
The Environment Institute is tackling some of the most serious environmental challenges facing Australia and the world.
Research undertaken within the Institute is investigating how to integrate renewable energy into Australia’s energy grid, is conducting scientific research that underpins the discovery and conservation of the world’s biodiversity and is taking an inter-disciplinary approach to understand how we can better manage our water and landscapes to provide the greatest levels of well being to our society.
The Institute brings together leading research groups at the University of Adelaide, a highly world-ranked research University, in the fields of science, engineering, economics and social science relating to the management and use of natural resources and infrastructure. The Institute combines the research strengths of four centres and two programs.