Environment & sustainability

The ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society is one of the few places where economists and hydrologists, historians and ecologists, foresters, geographers, political scientists and climatologists work together on the environmental challenges and opportunities facing us.

Ranked 24th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016), we are a major focus for integrated environmental research and training. Through links to other ANU schools, external research organisations and the policy community, we bring our skills and perspectives to bear on issues such as biodiversity loss, water, energy, drought and climate change.

We offer perspectives on complex environmental and sustainable development challenges, drawing on decades of quality empirical and applied research. Research focuses on understanding environmental changes across a range of scales in time and place, enabling the school to provide past, present and future narratives to guide science, policy and management.

The School has a particularly strong track record researching long-term environment and sustainability issues and challenges, and has extensive national and international networks with governments, NGOs, research organisations and the private sector, offering significant longitudinal expertise, knowledge and influence.

Of particular importance to us is our capacity to encourage sound policy and governance outcomes that support sustainability. We offer this guidance through a number of avenues: by providing professional development for policy leaders; training for environmental leadership; partnerships with practitioners; and offering support for those holding governance roles at local, state, territory, federal or global levels.

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Fenner School of Environment & Society

Field sites & facilities

Explore some of the numerous of research sites and facilities established by our research schools in Australia and across the world. Researchers and students at ANU enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment to help facilitate ground-breaking research.

Research projects

Browse research topics of the College of Science and the College of Health & Medicine with links to relevant researchers.

See our list of potential student projects to apply for PhB, Honours, PhD and other graduate degrees.

Stories

Analysis and opinion

Fish kills and undrinkable water: here's what to expect for the Murray Darling this summer

I fear the coming months will be among the worst in history for Australia’s most important river system.

Analysis and opinion

Scientists re-counted Australia's extinct species, and the result is devastating

Our research has confirmed that 100 endemic Australian species living in 1788 are now validly listed as extinct.

News

Tipping points push Earth towards hothouse climate

More than half of the tipping points that could push the planet towards a hothouse Earth and threaten human civilisation are now "active".

Analysis and opinion

Researchers allege native logging breaches that threaten the water we drink

The Victorian government’s logging business is cutting native forests on steep slopes, in an apparent rule breach that threatens water supplies.

News

Illegal logging on Victoria's steep slopes putting lives at risk

The Victorian Government is in breach of its own forest laws, allowing logging on steep slopes and putting lives at risk, according to ANU researchers.

Analysis and opinion

When a tree dies, don't waste your breath. Rescue the wood to honour its memory

More concerning than the death of a tree is how we waste them afterwards.

Research story

Requiem for a reef

Atop Mt Stromlo, under a full moon, researchers, musicians and a glass artist met to draw attention to the impacts of climate change on coral reef ecosystems.

News

Antarctica likely to drive rapid sea-level rise under climate change

Scientists have show that ice melt drives rapid and high sea-level rise, offering a forewarning of what to expect under human-driven climate change.

News

Red deer evolving to give birth earlier in warming climate

Red deer on a Scottish island are evolving to give birth earlier in the year as the climate warms.

News

Genetic history of endangered Australian songbird could inspire an encore

The genetic history of a critically endangered songbird shows its best chance of survival is to protect its rapidly disappearing habitat.

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