Research Plan

The ARC Advance Timber Hub’s research plan follows the stakeholder engagement recommendations, aligning with the need to motivate demand, motivate investment and motivate change. There are eight nodes each with a unifying purpose and coordinated set of methodologies. However, translation of that research to creating impact, requires integration across the research topics. To achieve this impact, the research plan will focus the agenda using three themes – Innovative Solutions, Transformative Benefits and Planning Change.

Theme Leaders

Transformative Benefits: Dr Fabiano Ximenes

Innovative Solutions: Associate Professor Joe Gattas

Planning Change: Dr Cristyn Meath


The ARC Advance Timber Hub’s research will be focused on three over-arching themes of Innovative Solutions, Transformative Benefits and Planning Change, undertaken through eight inter-related Research Nodes and their projects.


    Research Icon TRANSFORMATIVE BENEFITS of a large-scale shift to the use of innovative timber solutions in the built environment. The potential for this to deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits will be demonstrated, for the timber and construction sectors, and for Australia’s regions and economy as a whole.

    Research Icon INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS for timber products to decrease cost and increase the value of mid-rise buildings. Their potential to support major growth of new advanced manufacturing opportunities will be demonstrated, providing existing businesses and new investors with greater knowledge on combinations of products, manufacturing processes and value-chain configurations that will best serve the needs of building sector clients.

    Research Icon PLANNING CHANGE in the timber and construction sectors and their surrounding policy environment. Engagement with the broad spectrum of industry and policy stakeholders will go well beyond conventional research outreach. Instead, the engagement will be integral to designing and delivering research over the Hub lifespan, co- producing a roadmap to change through the stakeholder partnership.