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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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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. 

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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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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.

News

Accidents, waste and weapons

Accidents, waste and weapons

20 May 2015
Accidents, waste and weapons: nuclear power isn’t worth the risks was published in The Conversation
Mark Diesendorf clearly explains how the case for expanding nuclear energy is based on myths about its status, greenhouse gas emissions, proliferation, accidents, wastes and economics. He addresses each myth in turn.
Biopiracy

Biopiracy

5 May 2015

Hear Dr Daniel Robinson on SBS news, the FEED with the story: Bio-piracy: US companies patenting extract from the Kakadu plum
The Kakadu plum patent raises ethical and legal questions about intellectual property – who has rights over nature, knowledge and their components.
A bio-piracy case is brewing. YouTube link

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