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



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


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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

Arsenic in Drinking Water and Food image

Arsenic in Drinking Water and Food

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  Seminar Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

Modelling Dietary Intake of Arsenic in Drinking Water and Food: Impact on Human Health in Bangladesh:This presentation will focus on the variability of arsenic concentrations in water-food-soil systems and the effect of dietary exposure of arsenic on human health, identifying people at risk varied even within the same household, despite drinking and eating from the same sources.

BZE High Speed Rail report launch image

BZE High Speed Rail report launch

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 6:30pm – 8:30pm  |  Theatre M17, Mezzanine, Chemical Sciences Building, UNSW, Kensington, Sydney

The Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW will co-host the launch of Beyond Zero Emmissions High Speed Rail report.
Link here for PDF of Report
Listen to the recorded discussion link here
This event will present the key findings from the High Speed Rail report and a Q and A session with an expert panel to discuss issues relating to implementation as well as the social and economic opportunities. The HSR Project is a collaboration between Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and the Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI).