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.
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
Australia needs to acknowledge the real cost of coal writes Dr Haydn Washington (IES, Fellow) and A/Prof Melissa Haswell of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine in the Conversation yesterday. Addressing complex environmental issues in the 21ST Century requires an interdisciplinary approach. Coal mines pose a diverse range of threats to the environment, impacts on our health and then there is risk of stranded fossil fuel assets. Read More
Development and application of a physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model for combined exposures to multiple chemicals by multiple routes to be used in water regulation. To date, guideline values for drinking water are developed considering only oral route exposure by Health Canada and the U.S. EPA. Master's research by Nazanin Kaveh, MSc, developed a PBPK model to help define better drinking water regulation. SEE PDF Presentation HERE
Modelling Dietary Intake of Arsenic in Drinking Water and Food: Impact on Human Health in Bangladesh:This presentation will focus on the variability of arsenic concentrations in water-food-soil systems and the effect of dietary exposure of arsenic on human health, identifying people at risk varied even within the same household, despite drinking and eating from the same sources.
The Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW will co-host the launch of Beyond Zero Emmissions High Speed Rail report.
Link here for PDF of Report
Listen to the recorded discussion link here
This event will present the key findings from the High Speed Rail report and a Q and A session with an expert panel to discuss issues relating to implementation as well as the social and economic opportunities. The HSR Project is a collaboration between Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and the Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI).