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19 September 2022

Imagining the university in times of ecological emergency

What is the future of the university in the climate crisis? Should we tear it all down, or rebuild and re-engage? Researchers Ingrid Helene Brandt Jensen and Mads Ejsing from the University of Copenhagen consider how we negotiate the present from the future.
12 September 2022

Exploring everyday nature in urban environments

During National Biodiversity Month, it’s important to highlight the extraordinary array of species we share our cities with. In The Urban Field Naturalist Project’s new book, A Guide to the Creatures in Your Neighbourhood, we learn that there are lots of reasons to explore the natural world within our urban spaces. Choose whichever one works for you and get out there!
05 September 2022

How does travel allow for new perspectives?

Following a research trip to the United Kingdom, SEI Honours Fellow Vivienne Goodes reflects on how the opportunity to travel provided contemplation, reflexivity and personal growth to add greater depth to her Honours thesis.
01 September 2022


As we enter National Biodiversity Month, SEI Deputy Director Rosanne Quinnell reflects on the significance of Acacia species in reading our landscapes in times of seasonal change, and makes a case for why humanity’s survival is so entwined with botanical literacy.
01 September 2022

SEI announces applications open for collaborative funding schemes

The Sydney Environment Institute is inviting applications for the 2023 Collaborative Grants Scheme, which includes fellowships and seed funding to develop multidisciplinary research projects on core environmental issues.
29 August 2022

The politics of climate change and the Danish Climate Citizens' Assembly

How can citizens effectively drive change? We hear from Visiting Doctoral Fellow Ingrid Helene Brandt Jensen from the University of Copenhagen on her research into democratic theory and public engagement in Denmark.
19 August 2022

Policy employment pathways for researchers and students

How can you transition your career from academia into policymaking? Here, we outline key takeaways from a recent workshop hosted by SEI and Sydney Policy Lab where we heard expert advice from environmental policy professionals who successfully made the move.

16 August 2022

Glass as a metaphor for multispecies injustice

In response to the theme of this year’s National Science week, SEI researchers Danielle Celermajer and Matthew Darmour-Paul argue that ironically- hyper-transparent glass spaces can exacerbate the divide between humans and the more-than-human, and act as sites of violence.
08 August 2022

Environmental governance failures in Australia: probing problems and seeking solutions

In response to the dire findings of the 2021 State of the Environment Report, SEI researchers Rosemary Lyster, Danielle Celermajer and Frank Stilwell reflect on how Australia’s political, legal and economic context has propelled severe environmental decline in recent decades.
02 August 2022

The entanglements of oil palm plantations

SEI member Sophie Chao’s new book, In the Shadow of the Palms, examines the impacts of oil palm plantations on Marind communities in West Papua. Here, in conversation with Christine J Winter, we learn about her work in engaging with the Marind People, and the social, political and environmental demands of the oil palm.