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



EA chooses Eminent Speaker 2014

EA chooses Eminent Speaker 2014

25 August 2014

 A/Prof Mark Diesendorf has been chosen to be Eminent Speaker for 2014 by Engineers Australia. A series of public lectures on A Sustainable Energy Future for Australia
will ask the question:  if we replaced all the fossil fuelled power stations of the Australian National Electricity Market by commercially available renewable energy systems, how reliable would the renewable electricity supply system be?  Mark believes that the results are encouraging for a renewable energy future, both in terms of reliability and economics.

No Free Rides to the Future

No Free Rides to the Future

14 August 2014

Last night Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, said that 'other countries were investing strategically in science “for the long haul”, and Australia needed to catch up.'
Professor Chubb said he will release his proposal for a national science strategy in Canberra on 2 September, with recommendations for improving competitiveness, education and training, research, and international engagement. "We must ensure that we bequeath a planet that can sustain the coming generations"... more
Read the  full transcript here, published in The Conversation

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


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Fenner Conference on the Environment

Thursday, 2 October 2014 – Friday, 3 October 2014  |  Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building

2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment
Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia

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Science and environmental policy making

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:00pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

How can science better contribute to environmental policy making? Dr Hemant Ojha reflects on a decade of critical action research in Nepal’s forestry sector where he has been  working to  enhance livelihoods and food security in Nepal, funded by Australian Center for International Agricultural Research . Drawing on the past 12 years of critical action research practice in contesting and catalysing forestry and environmental policies in Nepal, this seminar demonstrates that conventional ‘research and recommendation’ model of linking science to policy making needs a new approach that is  critical, engaged, deliberative and politically situated. SEE PDF

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Participatory action in communities

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:00pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

Participatory action research in UK and Cambodia: reflections on a common approach will give insight into the design and implementation of the use of participatory methods to facilitate engagement with individuals and groups within communities with the  aim to transform livelihoods. Dr Robert Nurick has a wealth of experience in international development working both as a researcher and practitioner in community development and for the last 12 months has been working with WorldFish (part of the CGIAR group) on the design of a participatory action engagement in Cambodia. SEE PDF