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Over the last 20 years the Institute of Environmental Studies (IES) 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.
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 2013 IES ANNUAL REPORT  and the IES Strategic Plan 2014-17

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News

Science Policy Interface for UNCCD

Science Policy Interface for UNCCD

10 July 2014

Through competitive selection IES Director Prof Graciela Metternicht joins the membership of 20 eminent scientists in the Science Policy Interface (SPI) established by  the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This group of scientists and 3 observers (NGO and other UN agencies) first met in June to facilitate the two way science policy dialogue and ensure the delivery of policy-relevant information,knowledge and advice on desertification/land degradation and drought (DLDD). Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, are identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development. READ MORE

'Offsetting' habitat lost to mining.

'Offsetting' habitat lost to mining.

19 June 2014
Does ‘offsetting’ work to make up for habitat lost to mining? Malika Virah-Sawmy discusses how the most prominent biodiversity offset projects are underpinned by poor science when it comes to quantifying losses and gains – however the science of offsetting is evolving, and companies need to keep up-to-date and develop better ways of quantifying the losses and gains. Read MORE in the Conversation
Not so cheap ... The real cost of coal

Not so cheap ... The real cost of coal

10 June 2014

Australia needs to acknowledge the real cost of coal writes Dr Haydn Washington (IES, Fellow) and A/Prof Melissa  Haswell  of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine  in the Conversation yesterday. Addressing complex environmental issues in the 21ST Century requires an interdisciplinary approach. Coal mines pose a diverse range of threats to the environment, impacts on our health and then there is risk of stranded fossil fuel assets. Read More

Events

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Fenner Conference on the Environment

Thursday, 2 October 2014 – Friday, 3 October 2014  |  Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building

2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment
Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia
Register NOW   and SEE CONFERENCE PROGRAM HERE

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No Free Rides to the Future

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 - 6:30pm – 8:00pm  |  Leighton Hall, The John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus
2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment
Presented by Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC on 'No Free Rides to the Future: Shoring up the Science to Sustain Us'. - See more at: https://www.alumni.unsw.edu.au/2014/news--events/event-calendar?cid=1&ceid=260#sthash.X6Ef3eKO.dpuf

2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment
Presented by Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC on 'No Free Rides to the Future: Shoring up the Science to Sustain Us'. 
Full details and registration HERE

2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment
Presented by Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC on 'No Free Rides to the Future: Shoring up the Science to Sustain Us'. - See more at: https://www.alumni.unsw.edu.au/2014/news--events/event-calendar?cid=1&ceid=260#sthash.X6Ef3eKO.dpuf
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PBPK modelling: implications for drinking water regulation

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  Seminar Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

Development and application of a physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model for combined exposures to multiple chemicals by multiple routes to be used in water regulation. To date, guideline values for drinking water are developed considering only oral route exposure by Health Canada and the U.S. EPA. Master's research by Nazanin Kaveh, MSc, developed a PBPK model to help define better drinking water regulation. SEE PDF Presentation HERE