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 2012 Annual Report  and the IES Strategic Plan 2014-17



Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia

Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia

31 March 2014

Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment 2014 has been awarded jointly to the Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW Australia,  Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy NSW Chapter (CASSE) and Institute of Land Water and Society, Charles Sturt University. Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia will explore the vision and process for moving towards a steady state economy, where neither our population nor our use of energy, materials and land use keeps on growing 2nd - 3rd October 2014 Tyree Room, Scientia Building, UNSW main Kensington campus. We hope you can join us to discuss this key driver behind the environmental crisis. READ MORE
Pre-register by  email: haydnwashington@bigpond.com

New book: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change

New book: Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change

2 January 2014

Dr Mark Diesendorf  has a new book, 'Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change'.  The book shows that we now have the technologies to make the transition away from polluting fossil fuels to sustainable energy, namely the efficient use of renewable energy sources. The rapid growth of sustainable energy  has triggered a backlash from  vested interests to cast doubt on the benefits of the transition. One of the  key contributions of the book is busting the myths that renewable energy deniers are disseminating. It also sets out the policies needed to drive the transition to sustainable energy.
Order your discounted copy HERE
Interview here with
Philip Adams, Radio National, Late Night Live
5th February 2014
READ MORE: for Australian tour dates for Dr.Diesendorf's new book

Sustainablility Leader award to Mark Diesendorf

Sustainablility Leader award to Mark Diesendorf

28 November 2013

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to train 20,000 sustainability leaders by 2020. Each year it runs a 7-month Fellowship Program for potential sustainability leaders. At the graduation ceremony of CSL's 2013 Fellowship Program at the Sydney Opera House, the award of Sustainability Leader was conferred on  A/Prof. Mark Diesendorf.


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Arsenic in Drinking Water and Food

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 1:00pm – 2:15pm  |  Seminar Room 413, Level 4, Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNSW Kensington main campus

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.

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BZE High Speed Rail report launch

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 6:30pm – 8:30pm  |  Theatre M17, Mezzanine, Chemical Sciences Building, UNSW, Kensington, Sydney

The Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW will co-host the launch of Beyond Zero Emmissions High Speed Rail report. REGISTER here to attend this FREE event
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).

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Renewable Energy: the future for Australia

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 9:00am – 1:00pm  |   Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW.

The Institute of Environmental Studies and the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets will co-host this FREE  Renewable Energy symposium to publicise existing renewable energy technologies and systems, bust the myths about renewable energy and discuss ongoing research and the policies needed for rapid uptake of sustainable energy solutions for climate change
Please register you interest in attending HERE