The Sydney Environment Institute is a world leader in multidisciplinary environmental research.
We are designed to play a key role at the University of Sydney for the environmental humanities and social sciences in understanding, confronting, and transforming responses to environmental crises.
The key premise of the SEI is the importance of engaging social, cultural, historical, political and economic barriers and understandings. We recognise these to be a fundamental element of dealing effectively and justly with the massive transformations in our relationship with the planet.
This makes multi- and transdisciplinary research a necessity.
At the Sydney Environment Institute, we:
Identify matters of critical environmental concern, and engage with them – through collaborative projects designed for real impact
Cross the disciplinary boundaries – to ask new questions, develop new methods, and generate new forms of knowledge and awareness among the arts, the humanities, and the natural, social, and technological sciences
Build flourishing working communities – among academics, policymakers, cultural institutions, practicing artists, students, NGOs, and committed citizens
Support and mentor – ambitious, imaginative, collaborative endeavours by students, scholars, and practitioners, within the university and beyond
Communicate our work, and invite conversations – with the publics we serve in Sydney, across Australia, throughout the Indo-Pacific, and across the globe
Impact and affect communities, culture, and policy – with our direct work with partners in community organisations, cultural institutions, and government