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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Low Carbon Economy Transition and Stranded Assets

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  Lecture room G24, Ground level, Electrical Engineering Building G17

Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, will cover the state of the global electricity markets, reflecting on the rapid transition away from thermal coal towards a more diverse and robust electricity system. Energy efficiency, policy progress and slower economic growth will all assist in accelerating the move to a lower carbon economy globally. Presentation on YouTube HERE

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The Humanity System

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:00pm  |  IES Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

We don’t simply live in a society, economy or  human ecosystem, but in all of these interacting, forming a humanity system. Despite the growing cross-disciplinary effort, specialisation in the social sciences has slowed progress in humankind’s understanding of the world and our capacity to improve it. Seminar presenter Michael Tuckson is the author of Changing the World (published by Humanity System Books). Most of his work lay in rural and urban development in Thailand and Laos, and as a government and university staffer in Australia.

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Zero Carbon Australia Land Use Report

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 6:30pm – 8:30pm  |  Theatre M17, Mezzanine, Chemical Sciences Building (Building F10), UNSW, Kensington, Sydney

Come along and hear the key findings from the Zero Carbon Australia Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry report, followed by a Q & A session with an expert panel to discuss issues relating to implementation as well as social and economic opportunities. Find report HERE


The Road to Dignity by 2030

The Road to Dignity by 2030

12 December 2014

The United Nations Synthesis Report is now completed. Entitled “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet”, it will be formally issued in the six official languages of the United Nations on December 31st. An advanced unedited version is being posted on the UN website to support the discussions of Member States.  Read More

New levels of Solar energy efficency beats coal

New levels of Solar energy efficency beats coal

8 December 2014

Australian (UNSW) solar power researchers have achieved world-beating levels of efficiency, potentially making large solar plants more competitive with other energy sources such as coal. A team from the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (PV) at the University of NSW has achieved 40.4 per cent "conversion efficiency" by using commercially available solar cells combined with a mirror and filters that reduce wasted energy. Read More

Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy

1 December 2014

Mark Diesendorf has traveled extensively throughout urban and country Australia to address public forums on Australia's great transition to renewable energy.
You can listen to his interview on the 'The Sustainable Hour' on Radio 94.7 Geelong, HERE