Update on COVID-19 and the Institute’s operations
Like all of you, we have been watching the news and advice on the spread of COVID-19.
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.
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 University's Dr Richard Culas has spent time researching the waterways in Pakistan and said there can be a lot to be learned to benefit waterways on a global scale ahead of World Water Day on Sunday 22 March.
Charles Sturt University partners with Regional Development Australia Riverina to create skills shortage survey to identify gaps in the workforce in the Riverina.
Applications have closed for the 2020 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships -ILWS (AGRTP-ILWS) Scholarship round. Applications will reopen for the 2021 round in August 2020.
Specific information including eligibility, award value, duration and a link to the online application form can be found on the scholarship information page.