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



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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.


Outstanding paper

Outstanding paper

6 July 2015

Professor Graciela Metternicht's paper 'Climate Change Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation Assessment: lessons from Latin America' published in International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management was selected by the journal's editorial team as the Outstanding Paper of 2014. The framework proposed in the paper can assist practitioners to deliver outputs from climate change vulnerability, impact and adaptation (VIA) assessments  that are holistic, and provide the most appropriate type of information required for effective,  context-specific adaptation responses. The paper is now available online : PDF

WIPO discusses traditional knowledge

WIPO discusses traditional knowledge

29 June 2015

The issue of genetic resources or traditional knowledge that are shared among different countries was discussed at a World Intellectual Property Organization (IPW, WIPO, 25 June 2015) seminar this week. Panellists presented national and regional efforts to protect such resources. Daniel Robinson, here at the  Institute of Environmental Studies,said he conducted a patent landscaping of 321 Australian native “economic plants” with known indigenous uses. Hundreds of patents and applications were identified, he said, many of which mentioned Australia, but only two mentioning “aboriginal knowledge.”  READ MORE in the Intellectual Property Watch publication

2014 IES Annual Report online

2014 IES Annual Report online

19 June 2015

The IES annual report for 2014 is now available online  PDF :  'High quality environmental education and applied research and teaching that responds to critical societal needs and influences policy  and decision making is essential to provide creative responses to the multi-faceted  environmental problems that Australia and the world face.'