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About Us

We are a multi and trans-disciplinary Research Centre at Charles Sturt University, Australia's largest regional university. In partnership with government and others, we undertake biophysical, social and economic research to address local, regional, national and global issues. Our researchers are involved in individual, collaborative and commissioned work around Australia and the world. Research is undertaken within four thematic (not mutually exclusive) areas:

Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity Conservation

This theme is the platform for research projects undertaken by both the Institute's terrestrial and aquatic ecologists working on one or more aspects of biodiversity conservation including landscape ecology, environmental history, vegetation and wildlife ecology, restoration ecology, plant-animal interactions, ecosystem services and native fish conservation.

Environmental Water

Environmental Water

While this theme is the platform for the Institute's two major environmental water monitoring projects, and related projects, in the Edward-Wakool and the Murrumbidgee river systems, it is also home for the Institute-based  Fish Ecology Collaborative Research Unit,  and other fish ecology and irrigation technology projects.

Rural and Regional Communities

Rural and Regional Communities

This theme provides a platform for a wide range of research projects where the main focus is enhancing the well-being and livelihoods of rural and regional communities. Many past and current projects include a strong social component.

Sustainable Development (International)

Sustainable Development (International)

This theme is the platform for the research projects, most of which have a strong social component, that are being undertaken in countries such as Laos, Bhutan, Pakistan and Timor Leste. These are big projects ($500,000 plus) that will run over a number of years.

Our Mission

Our mission is to undertake internationally recognised integrated environmental, social and economic research for rural and regional areas.

Latest news

CSU ‘Walkability’ research in Albury

* CSU research aims to make Albury city more walkable for residents

* Volunteers aged 65+ needed to assist research

* Walking improves health and wellbeing and increases access to social and economic life

People aged over 65 and living in Albury have extra incentive to pound the city’s pavements in coming weeks with new research being run by Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Working in collaboration with Albury City Council, CSU researchers Dr Rachel Whitsed and Dr Ana Horta from the CSU Institute for Land, Water and Society are measuring the ‘walkability’ of the city, specifically for older people.

“Extensive research tells us that walking improves health and wellbeing and allows increased access to social and economic life,” said Dr Whitsed, the team’s lead researcher.

“Now we want your help to make Albury city more walkable for you.”

As part of the project, the researchers are seeking participants aged over 65 to wear a small global positioning system (GPS) device for two weeks.

“We will be able to use this GPS data to map and measure walkability of Albury through the eyes, and shoes, of older people.”

Albury City councillor and Lavington resident Councillor David Thurley is helping promote the project to fellow residents.

“Walking is an important part of my life as an older person,” Councillor Thurley said.

“Albury City is keen to find out who is using the city’s paths and where, and why they are using them – and why not.

“It would be great to get as many people aged over 65 years as possible to take part in this project, as this will help the Council to improve facilities for use by all our citizens, including our older residents.”

This project might also be of interest to the carers and relatives of people living in Albury who are aged over 65 years. Find more information on the project website.

In addition, any Albury resident can complete a ‘Have a Say’ survey form on walkability in the city, available on the AlburyCity website.

To participate in the project, contact Ms Kris Gibbs on 6051 9992, or email

The Walkability Project will be launched at CSU in Albury-Wodonga at 10am on Thursday 11 October.

The project is supported by AlburyCity and the NSW government.

NEWS / 11 Oct 2018

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