The Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of Sydney aims to address the key questions of our time: how do we understand and redesign the fundamental relationship between human communities and the natural world that supports them; and how can people and societies adapt positively to environmental change?
SEI brings together a wide range of the University’s researchers and projects on environmental themes. Our researchers focus on the social impacts of climate change, human/non-human relations, environment and culture, sustainable cities, food security, and organisational adaptation in both the public and private realm. Our current research nodes include:
- HfE Australia Pacific Observatory
- Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society
- Food, People and the Planet
- Oceans Environments Research Network
- Cities Network
- Balanced Enterprise Research Network
- Human Animal Research Network
The purpose of the Sydney Environment Institute is to:
- lead cross-disciplinary intellectual engagement on a range of environmental and sustainability issues
- engage academics and research centres across the globe, bringing Sydney and Australia into ongoing international conversations and projects;
- shape new major research questions;
- promote the message of positive adaptation through the research capability of SEI
- engage with the community and society, specifically with NGOs, governments and commercial organisations.
SEI offers a flexible and dynamic platform that will inform public discourse, decision-making, and policy in relation to the environment.