Sydney Environment Institute


Our aim is to offer new perspectives on the environmental problems associated with oceans - above and below water.

Using the interdisciplinary methods and approaches of the environmental humanities, we are exploring and analysing the stories, theories and representations describing Western and Indigenous relationships with the oceans — above and below water — from the seventeenth-century to the present. We also investigate oceanic environmental problems and futures, including coral and other species extinctions, depletion of fish and other oceanic resources, destruction of oceanic topographies, declining health and changing chemistries of sea water, and loss of human habitats and cultures.

Photo - Flickr Commons: Ernest von Rosen