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.
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
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.
Base-load power stations, such as coal-fired and nuclear, operate 24/7, except when they break down. The conventional belief, that base-load power stations are essential in a large-scale electricity system, has been shown to be a myth by independent research groups in the USA, Europe and UNSW Australia, writes Mark Diesendorf.
“Increasing landholder collaboration for landscape scale conservation” a 2- year research project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, to commence in February 2016.
A sustainable energy future for Australia is technically feasible and affordable. It could be based on energy efficiency, wind, solar, existing hydro and a small contribution from biofuels produced from agricultural residues. Educators have an important role in building public understanding that will help overcome the resistance to the transition by vested interests. This was the theme of a keynote presentation by Dr Mark Diesendorf to the biennial environment conference of the Independent Education Union in Sydney. View Full