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Collaborating with government, industry, and community to solve environmental problems

We partner with leaders in industry, government, non-profit, and community sectors to address key problems in favour of the public good.

We have a long history of thorough and successful engagement and impact – across the university, internationally in the academy, and with a range of government and non-governmental partners.

Using our global networks, we bring together experts from across sectors to influence public discourse, reform policy, work towards just transitions, and find solutions to critical environmental issues.   

International partnerships

The Sydney Environment Institute has a number of high-profile partnerships across the globe through which we connect with leading researchers and practitioners. Some of these partners include:

Colombia University, The Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes, Feral Partnerships (UK), Foodlab Detroit, IABT Foundation (India), Invisible Dust (UK), Pacific Calling Partnership, Social Entrepreneurship Association (India), Stockholm Environment Institute, Taiwan University, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, University College London, University of California (Berkeley), University of California (Davis), Columbia University, University of Copenhagen, University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, University of Manchester, University of Pretoria, University of the Ryukyus, University of Virginia, Utrecht University 

Community and NGO partnerships

Part of our mission is to impact and affect communities, culture, and policy – with our direct work with partners in community organisations and non-government organisations. Some of these partners include:

Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative, Climate Council, Culture and Animals Foundation, Environment Centre NT, Future Earth Australia, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Mineral Policy Institute, Pingala, Resilient Byron, Resilient Lismore, SAGE, StreetConnect (Hawkesbury), Sydney Festival, The Australia Institute, Voices of Power, Sweltering Cities, Yarn Australia

Government and industry partnerships

We've partnered with local, state and federal government and organisations across the finance industry and the creative industries sector, including:

Australian Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, Brand X, City of Sydney, Emergency NSW, Resilience NSW, Insurance Australia Group, National Museum of Australia, NSW Department of Planning and Environment, Resilient Sydney, NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW State Emergency Service, Shoalhaven Council, Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, TAFE NSW

Research partnerships

We're working on a number of high-impact research collaborations with government and community partners, including:

Research out of food business incubator, Foodlab Sydney founded with City of Sydney, TAFE NSW and Foodlab Detroit has demonstrated improved capacity of its participants to develop and maintain successful business ventures or employment within the food industry contributing to an enhanced local ecosystem of “good food” based businesses and increased food security in the local government area and beyond.  

Working across three sites in Australia and India, with community partners including India and Bharat Together, the Social Entrepreneurship Association, Blue Mountains Planetary Health Initiative, SAGE, Voices of Power, Pingala, this project amplifies the work of communities involved in transformative action, enhancing their capacity to communicate the systematic character of their approaches, and equips young people to develop community-led systemic responses and produce effective communications about transformative projects.

Funded by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and in partnership with Shoalhaven City Council this project engages with local communities to inform the creation of resilient processes for the protection of both wild and domestic animals in in the face of future catastrophic fires and other climate events. 

Working with leading youth mental health organisation, headspace, SEI's Collaborative Research Fellows Associate Professor Paul Rhodes and Dr Jamie Dunk are developing a set of written, video and seminar-based resources for clinicians responding to climate distress in Australian youth. 

In partnership with The Australia Institute, this landmark study analyses and communicates the social impacts on communities that will host Australia’s new electricity infrastructure. Researchers will work with state policymakers to use the findings of this research to inform renewable energy policies.

Working with partner organisations in the Northern Rivers, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions, this newly funded project will examine the community groups who coordinated information, labour, and funding in response to the devastating 2022 NSW floods.

Research partnerships