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Highlights from our 2020 content


15 May 2020

Corona and climate: the pandemic has changed everything and nothing

As the ash has settled and a nation bunkers down, Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter reflects on the shift in social conscience and the growing challenge to political corruption and inaction.
05 May 2020

Oil and water: on collaboration and complexity

Nicole Endacott reflects on complexity, action and uncertainty in co-designing an all-day workshop hosted by SEI last month, which brought together a diverse group of experts to discuss the issues surrounding Norwegian oil company Equinor’s proposal to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
01 April 2020

Swinging the pendulum towards the politics of production

A longform essay adapted from Dinesh Wadiwel's presentation at the 2020 Iain McCalman lecture addressing the institutional or structural drivers of growing per capita meat and dairy consumption.
27 March 2020

Cooling bodies, cooling communities: building holistic resilience to heat stress

“Heat is such a difficult threat to grapple with because it engages with and exacerbates multiple forms of pre-existing vulnerability in Australian society – the physical, the systemic, and the material.” Hannah Della Bosca reflects on our SEI Amplified event Reducing The Impact of Heatwaves earlier this month.
23 March 2020

Food as a tool for change in troubled times

We sit down with the FoodLab Sydney community to talk about connection, collaboration and how “the simple act of eating together at the same table can be one of the most profound ways to establish common ground while celebrating cultural and culinary diversity”.
20 March 2020

Re-inventing the social: eco-design, care and climate justice

At our SEI Amplified event last week on Reducing the Impact of Heatwaves, Associate Professor Tess Lea explored the intersections between climate change, housing and social justice and the ways we can prepare for uncertain futures; ultimately, with “tremendous acts of care” and “a complete reinvention of the social”.
18 March 2020

Climate change and the new work order

"We cannot achieve a sustainable society, one that exists within safe planetary limits, without reconfiguring the way we organise and value work."
02 March 2020

Introducing new postdoctoral research fellow June Rubis

We sit down with our new postdoc June Rubis, to talk about her work on native relations and the environment with a focus on environmental change in Malaysian Borneo.
26 February 2020

Strange bedfellows: a new era of resilience and uncertainty

Australians are still reeling from the aftermath of the recent onslaught of fire, rain and floods, daily lives upended by these unprecedented disasters. Hannah Della Bosca reflects on her latest research with community groups and their processing of such shock events.
26 February 2020

SEI celebrates more than a ‘bight’ sized win as Equinor pulls out of Bight oil project

After months of collaborative recommendations and campaigning efforts between Sydney Environment Institute’s academic experts, Greenpeace and community activist groups, Norwegian oil company Equinor has abandoned plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight.