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.
After recent major fish kills in the Darling River, two experienced freshwater ecologists at CSU have called for less blame and more action on enacting an existing, agreed plan to protect native fish in the Murray Darling Basin in The Conversation.
The fish deaths in the Darling River at Menindee have resulted in devastating impacts on endangered fish populations and water quality.
With expertise in the ecological, social and economic impact of the crisis, researchers from Charles Sturt University’s Institute for Land Water and Society (CSU-ILWS) share their thoughts.
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.
Expressions of Interests sought for two PhD scholarships: