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 2012 Annual Report
The Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to train 20,000 sustainability leaders by 2020. Each year it runs a 7-month Fellowship Program for potential sustainability leaders. At the graduation ceremony of CSL's 2013 Fellowship Program at the Sydney Opera House, the award of Sustainability Leader was conferred on A/Prof. Mark Diesendorf.
The Institute introduced a leading UK scholar on the governance of science and innovation, Dr. Andy Stirling, at a ‘theory-meets-practice’ event on 27 November 2013 with audience from Randwick Council and the UNSW community. Dr. Stirling's talk referred to the 1987 UN Brundtland Report that codified the key aims of sustainable development through global governance as “meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (SEE THE PDF)
Dr Johannes Luetz, researcher into climate migration, has been invited to particpate in the IKIAM Amazon University Workshop (IAUW), convened by the Equador Minister of Knowledge and Human Talent (MCTTH), for the establishment of The University of the Amazon in the Amazonian city of Tena. (see program)
Accurate assessments of terrestrial primary productivity is of great interest for comprehensive carbon and water surface exchange modelling and management. Cassidy Rankine, PhD Candidate in the Earth Observation Systems Laboratory at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will discuss the development of a durable, outdoor operable, wireless sensor network technology for high temporal resolution of forest biophysical variables as well as the cyber-infrastructure Enviro-Net © capable of delivering the data in near-real time.
"The Island President" is a gripping and insightful documentary about climate change from the acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen, Richard Berge and director, Jon Shenk. The film looks at the issue in both scientific and geopolitical terms, and is an important documentation of one of the biggest issues facing the world today. The film will be folowed by a discussion with IES Dr Johannes Luetz and CCRC Dr Alex Sen Gupta.
The event is hosted by Institute of Environmental Studies (IES) , Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) and Australian Meteorological & Oceangraphic Society (AMOS)
Australia’s scheduled waste problem has been approached through complex stages of technical experimentation and public decision making since the post World War Two import and manufacture of chlorinated chemicals. This seminar charts the rise and fall of Orica’s ‘social licence’ to deal with its HCB, one of Australia’s most controversial legacies, with implications for processes of social negotiation, the role of independent experts, the organization of trust and legitimacy, and the construction of ‘waste knowledge’. Presented by Assoc. Professor Paul Brown.