ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University
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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.

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Applications for the 2019 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships - Institute for Land, Water and Society (AGRTP-ILWS)Scholarship round have closed.  Please check back in September 2019 for 2020 Scholarships.

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