Study Environment & Society

Aiding Restorative & Regenerative Futures

Your education in Environment and Society at UNSW will provide you with a solid foundation to engage with contemporary social and environmental issues, and become the environment and society custodians the world needs today. 

Environment and Society at UNSW is made up of a collective of individuals practising and supporting engaged ecocultural research and teaching. We're committed to critically and creatively aiding in efforts to bring about restorative and regenerative futures.

Your study will examine current environmental and societal complexities and how solutions are interwoven and entangled with questions of culture, knowledge, meaning, values, ethics and politics.

Rethinking our Approach to Social Science & Humanities 

At UNSW, we adopt transdisciplinary and innovative modes of research and teaching. Our work interlinks with geography, critical social theory, cultural studies, environmental communication, history, philosophy, science and technology studies (STS), anthropology and urban studies.

Our research and teaching are informed by the proposition that approaches to social science and humanities must be rethought and engage with new and extraordinarily old ways of knowing and being.

We use environmental, legal, and social justice framing across our research and teaching, and our work is often collaborative and action-based, actively working with communities locally and globally.

Throughout your study, you’ll examine and understand the interplay of sociocultural factors that influence today’s environmental and societal complexities. Our educators are passionate about engaging students in critically and creatively questioning contemporary human ecological relations.

Our Research 

As Environment and Society Scholars, we critically engage the urgent issues of these times, which we understand as contextualized in long histories of human social and ecological interactions. Our research has the main intention of recognising and creating safe and thriving spaces – environmentally, culturally and socially – for all beings.

Find out more about our research in Environmental and Society.

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Environmental Humanities Major

You’ll develop a deep interdisciplinary understanding to consciously and actively engage with contemporary ecocultural issues. This major can be taken as part of a variety of undergraduate degrees.

Honours is available to high achieving students in Environmental Humanities. You’ll develop research and professional skills guided by staff who are passionate about research and the development of emerging researchers.

Master of Environmental Management

The Master of Environmental Management at UNSW is designed to help students become forward-thinking environment and society leaders. This degree is crucial to today’s changing world, and positions graduates to understand the social and cultural drivers behind environmental issues. The degree’s premise is that a mutually healthy and abundant future for our planet depends on a unique understanding of how contemporary ecological crises interact with questions of meaning, knowledge, values, politics and ethics.

Our higher degree research students conduct original research through a Masters by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy in a range of research areas within the Environment and Society subject area.

You’ll investigate and research areas such as critical geographies, ecocultural studies and communication, environmental justice, the environment, technology and politics of knowledge, and environmental history.  

Postgraduate Research provides students with the opportunity to contribute new and meaningful knowledge to an area of Environment and Society they are passionate about. Undertaking a research degree at UNSW allows you to work within a faculty ranked above world standards in research excellence.

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Study Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study that creates a solid foundation to understand and critically engage with contemporary environmental issues. You'll learn to address environmental challenges from a historically, philosophically and culturally informed standpoint.

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