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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

Plastic an environmental threat to wildlife: CSU ‘Trash talk’ seminar

* UK expert to speak at CSU in Albury-Wodonga

* Plastic in the environment a huge and growing problem, with plastic ingestion by marine wildlife lethal

* Plastic rapidly accumulating in the most remote regions of the world

Dr Maggie Watson, lecturer in ornithology and seabird researcher in the CSU School of Environment Sciences and researcher in the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) is hosting a seminar by a leading international expert.

Dr Watson announced that Dr Alex Bond (pictured left), Senior Curator in Charge of Birds at the Natural History Museum in London will present a seminar at 3pm Wednesday 5 December at the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

The seminar is titled ‘Trash talk: The story of the shearwater and the bottle cap’.

Dr Watson explained that plastics are a long-lasting and increasingly problematic man-made problem in the environment which is injuring and killing increasing numbers of wildlife.

“There are an estimated five trillion pieces of plastic floating on and in the world’s oceans,” Dr Watson said.

“Increasingly, plastic that has broken down into very small pieces – microplastics − are contaminating the food chain.

“Plastic is extremely durable in the environment, but the very qualities that make plastics desirable materials for manufacturing have dire consequences for the environment, and each year more than 8 million items end up in the world’s oceans.

“Once there, these plastics act as sponges to absorb hydrophobic contaminants from the surrounding water, and are then often ingested by marine animals.

“Over the last decade, Dr Bond’s research has demonstrated the severity of the problem for some of the most affected species, the consequences of plastic ingestion for marine wildlife, and the rapid accumulation of plastic in the most remote regions of the world.”

NEWS / 04 Dec 2018

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Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships - Institute for Land, Water and Society (AGRTP-ILWS) Scholarships 2019 round is now open: applications close Wednesday 31 October.  Application details

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