Over the last 20 years the IES@UNSW has contributed to the global vision of sustainable development which we see as socio-economic development that protects and enhances the environment and social justice. Through world-class innovative research and interdisciplinary teaching in environmental studies and management we are responding to the challenges of the 21st century.
Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (IES) at UNSW is administered through the Faculty of Science, but the programs are not restricted to the sciences. The IES delivers innovative, interdisciplinary, flexible and practical programs that combine a solid foundation in environmental management with choice from a wide range of cross faculty electives. Our students develop comprehensive knowledge and skills designed to enhance their careers and enable them to play a meaningful role in a sustainable future. Postgraduate programs by coursework or research  are available on campus and online. 

See  2014 IES ANNUAL REPORT   and the IES Strategic Plan 2014-17



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Global biodiversity conservation and nuclear energy?

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 - 1:00pm – 2:30pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

Is there really "a key role for nuclear energy in global biodiversity conservation"?   A/Prof Mark Diesendorf examines the assumptions and value judgments underlying the choice of criteria and scores, set by biologists Brook and Bradshaw, published in Conservation Biology. SEE presentation PDF.  Listen to the presentation mp3

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What are the barriers to Rewilding Australia?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus
Rob Brewster from Rewilding Australia asks: Why hasn't Australia been 'rewilded' already? Are the barriers to rewilding financial, social, political, environmental, or a mix of these factors? What has been done, what can be done, and what is being done to make Australia's landscapes more diverse. Rob Brewster is an environmental scientist, and a MEM UNSW Alumni. SEE seminar PDF
Listen to seminar Part 1  Part 2
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Resisting Corporate Irresponsibility

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong is Lecturer in International Relations and Development in the School of Social Sciences. Pichamon has conducted extensive fieldwork in China and mainland Southeast Asia. This seminar explores the ‘ecological footprint’ of Chinese overseas investment in mainland Southeast Asia’s hydropower sector and examines to what extent Chinese dam developers are complying with ‘responsible investment’ norms in their operations.This seminar hosted is  by  IES and Arts and Social Sciences.


Hybrid Identities & the "Authentic" Moken!

Hybrid Identities & the "Authentic" Moken!

29 July 2015
The Moken and Moklen are an indigenous population residing along the Andaman coast of Thailand. Identification of Moken as being under threat transpired as a consequence of the 2004 Asian tsunami... However, rigid identity narratives contrast sharply to the contemporary realities... Daniel Robinson & Danielle Drozdzewski discuss in their latest paper - View Full Text
'We offer to brief you on climate science'

'We offer to brief you on climate science'

7 July 2015

Re-examining climate change evidence in Parliament is "unnecessary”say top Australian researchers in an open letter to Liberal Party sceptics.”We would welcome the opportunity to instead brief you and your colleagues on the latest science and answer any questions you may have," they said. Dr Mark Diesendorf is one of the 13 signatories to the letter of offer: You can read the letter here: PDF

Outstanding paper

Outstanding paper

6 July 2015

Professor Graciela Metternicht's paper 'Climate Change Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation Assessment: lessons from Latin America' published in International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management was selected by the journal's editorial team as the Outstanding Paper of 2014. The framework proposed in the paper can assist practitioners to deliver outputs from climate change vulnerability, impact and adaptation (VIA) assessments  that are holistic, and provide the most appropriate type of information required for effective,  context-specific adaptation responses. The paper is now available online : PDF