Research - Best Practice

Message to our students and academics

The research framework incorporates two separate but linked activities:

  1. Sustainable research

    This research is delivered in a way that minimises environmental impacts. For example, running teleconferences rather than traveling extensively, or using of energy-efficient equipment to minimise carbon emissions.
  2. Research into sustainability

    This research progresses, improves or assists the environmental, social, cultural and economic frameworks without detrimental effects. For example, research with a focus on low-carbon technologies or research that investigates some area of sustainability, e.g. attitudes to sustainability, pedagogies for education for sustainable development.

Importance of sustainability in research

Research conducted by universities and TAFEs drives our global economy, advances in our standard of living and helps us understand the world around us. Integrating sustainability into our research methods can have a huge impact on the behaviours of researchers and ultimately produce more innovative research outputs and outcomes.

For research-intensive institutions, the integration of sustainable research and research into sustainability demonstrates a commitment to new ways of thinking and more sustainable ways to achieve new breakthroughs.

Charles Sturt University sustainability blurb

The below paragraph contains information for researchers to include in external applications demonstrating our sustainability credentials.

At Charles Sturt University, we have been initiating projects and processes to improve sustainability across the university since 2007. We have also joined national and international efforts ‒ such as the Talloires Declaration, Learning in Future Environment Index and the UN Sustainable Development Goals ‒ and our Clean Energy Strategy 2030 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to carbon reduction.

And we are getting results. For example, we are the first certified carbon neutral university in Australia (and one of only two in all of Australasia), and we have one of the country’s largest arrays of solar panels across our six campuses.

We have received national recognition for our commitment to sustainability. In 2019 we won the Continuous Improvement category of the Green Gown Awards, and were finalists in the 2020 International Green Gown Awards, being highly commended. Charles Sturt ranked 61 (out of 766) globally in the 2020 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, with significant category rankings including number four in the world for reduced inequality, sixth in the world for gender equity and the number two university in Australia for climate action.

We believe sustainability is also about promoting best practice and greater understanding across our community. That’s why we have integrated sustainability into all our undergraduate degrees through our Graduate Learning Outcomes strategy, and use tools such as the Sustainability Research Guidelines and Green Labs Checklist to embed sustainability into our Research Narrative.


Champion Position Campus
Michael FriendPro Vice-Chancellor Research and InnovationWagga Wagga
Jason White Director of Office for Research Wagga Wagga
Andrew Hall Director ILWS Albury-Wodonga
Amanda Moseley Business Manager, National Wine and Grape Industry Centre Wagga Wagga
Paul Prenzler Associate Professor, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences Wagga Wagga
Alison MatthewsManager, Research Professional DevelopmentAlbury Wodonga
Annette HarrisManager, Research OfficeWagga Wagga
Philip HiderAssociate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts and EducationWagga Wagga

Progress toward best practice

This framework was benchmarked on 27 October 2016. The below graph illustrates our progress towards best practice across the eight (8) activity areas.  The grey bars reaching four (4) highlight best practice and the lower bars in orange indicate the university's current baseline ratings.  An absence of a blue bar indicates 'no progress' for this activity area.

A 2017 Research grant, partly funded by Sustainability at Charles Sturt "Ngiyanggarang" -Beginning a conversation in the morning to awaken others celebrates and documents stories of resilience and persistence from Wiradjuri Elders describing strength, living a good life and connecting to family and country.

The artwork describes Murray Cod hunting in the Murrumbidgee River, white settlement and changes to the river through time.