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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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Events

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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. The seminar will conclude with an 'in-conversation' with Daniel Hunter film maker and  PhD candidate.
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Considering Biodiversity Offsets in the Great Barrier Reef

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

The protection of the Great Barrier Reef is a major conservation issue in Australia. IES PhD graduate Rebecca Cross, collaborating with Dr Mailka Virah Sawmy, examines the relationship between agriculture, mining, eco-innovation and biodiversity offsets in the Great Barrier Reef from the perspective of landholders.

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Financing Green Transformations - Big and Small

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 11:30am – 1:00pm  |  Theatre G02, Law Building (F8) UNSW Main campus

In an environment where public sector funding for investments in a low carbon transition is increasingly limited, private financing has to take on a more prominent role. ….Mark Fulton and Andy Cavanagh-Downs will discuss some of the barriers, opportunities and innovations for tapping into financial resources ranging from the ‘big’ (institutional investors such as superannuation funds) to those of the ‘small’ (households in community-based projects) SEE PDF

News

Demystifying Sustainability

Demystifying Sustainability

13 April 2015

Environmental scientist and author Haydn Washington (IES Fellow) just published a book called Demystifying Sustainability. Much has been said about sustainability, but what does it all mean? Interviewed by ABC Radio Ockhams Razor, Haydn Washington aims to demystify sustainability, so that the lay person can understand what the issues are. Listen HERE

Interview with the IES Director

Interview with the IES Director

31 March 2015

UNSW Uniken interviews Professor Graciela Metternicht about growing up in Argentina, her work with the UN and learning about the importance of communicating science to policy makers. It’s something IES definitely emphasises to our PG students.

Open Letter from Scientists

Open Letter from Scientists

12 March 2015

64 environmental and climate scientists from Australian Universities have signed and open letter, concerned the 2015 Intergenerational Report underestimates the serious threat of global warming to future generations. 
"We call on the Australian government, and indeed the governments of all nations, to reconsider the consequences of ongoing emission of greenhouse gases and, as a matter of urgency, promote  much more rapid transition to non-polluting energy-generating methods."