It is with great sadness that ILWS and Charles Sturt University farewells our friend and colleague Dr Julia Howitt who passed away April 8, 2020 after an extended period of time in hospital due to recurring cancer. Julia was a key member of the Edward/Kolety-Wakool environmental flows research team, collaborating on many e-flows projects since 2010. She will be deeply missed by us all.
Following the Commonwealth Government’s advice for social distancing, our current work arrangements, as part of Charles Sturt’s wider response, means fewer physical interactions, reducing the potential for the spread of COVID-19 and minimising risk to our students and staff. ILWS staff, researchers and RHD students are working from home, except in cases required for continuity in our most essential research activities. Adherence to social distancing guidelines is always maintained.
The Institute has implemented its continuity plans to ensure our research work continues with altered timelines and milestones, delayed fieldwork, and reprioritisation to desktop analyses. We may not be able to conduct our research programs exactly as previously planned, but we continue to gainfully progress knowledge around our four research themes.
It’s a stressful time for many people, take care and look after those around you.
Associate Professor Andrew Hall
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 is to undertake internationally recognised integrated environmental, social and economic research for rural and regional areas.
Charles Sturt's Institute for Land, Water and Society has partnered with the International River Foundation to bring together 11 experts to talk about how fire and climate change can impact our waterways.
A Charles Sturt University academic and editor of an international journal argues that COVID-19 indiscriminately infects people, but discriminately impacts them, particularly, disadvantaged and marginalised groups.
Applications are open for the 2021 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships -ILWS (AGRTP-ILWS) Scholarship round. Applications close October 30 2020.
Specific information including eligibility, award value, duration and a link to the online application form can be found on the scholarship information page.