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



No Free Rides to the Future

No Free Rides to the Future

14 August 2014

Last night Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, said that 'other countries were investing strategically in science “for the long haul”, and Australia needed to catch up.'
Professor Chubb said he will release his proposal for a national science strategy in Canberra on 2 September, with recommendations for improving competitiveness, education and training, research, and international engagement. "We must ensure that we bequeath a planet that can sustain the coming generations"... more
Read the  full transcript here, published in The Conversation

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


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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

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What is GUPES?

Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 3:00pm – 4:15pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES), is one of the flagship programmes of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU). To date, over 400 Universities are part of the GUPES network, whereby specific initiatives on education (curricula, campus operations), training and networking are ongoing. Mahesh PRADHAN, Chief of the Environmental Education and Training Unit from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi is visiting the UNSW to promote this UN initiative.

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It’s time to GROW

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:00pm  |  Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

It’s time to GROW: addressing the broken food system: We grow enough to feed everyone-but injustices in how the world produces, distributes, prepares and consumes food means one in eight people go hungry every day. Debbie Hunt will talk about these key pillars of the GROW Campaign and the ways in which communities are increasingly food insecure due to climate change and she will outline what Oxfam Australia is doing to advance these issues within the Australian political context. See PDF 
See the GROW campaign launch in Sydney YouTube