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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. 

See  2014 IES ANNUAL REPORT   and the IES Strategic Plan 2014-17

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Events

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Global biodiversity conservation and nuclear energy?

Wednesday, 3 June 2015 - 1:00pm – 2:30pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

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

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What are the barriers to Rewilding Australia?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus
Rob Brewster from Rewilding Australia asks: Why hasn't Australia been 'rewilded' already? Are the barriers to rewilding financial, social, political, environmental, or a mix of these factors? What has been done, what can be done, and what is being done to make Australia's landscapes more diverse. Rob Brewster is an environmental scientist, and a MEM UNSW Alumni. SEE seminar PDF
Listen to seminar Part 1  Part 2
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Resisting Corporate Irresponsibility

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

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.

News

Laurence Delina awarded PhD

15 June 2016

We congratulate IES PhD candidate Laurence L. Delina, who has been awarded his PhD for his thesis on the important topic ‘Rapid Climate Mitigation: The non-technical strategies’. Almost simultaneously his new book, Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation [Link title to: https://www.routledge.com/Strategies-for-Rapid-Climate-Mitigation-Wartime-mobilisation-as-a-model/Delina/p/book/9781138646230] has been published by Routledge. His research at IES is summarised here. Laurence is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Long-Range Future, Boston University, USA.

Do we need base-load power stations?

17 March 2016

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.

Potential Opportunities for Postgraduate Research on Environmental Trust Project

Potential Opportunities for Postgraduate Research on Environmental Trust Project

10 December 2015

“Increasing landholder collaboration for landscape scale conservation” a 2- year research project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, to commence in February 2016.