About us

There are few places in the world where economists, hydrologists, historians, ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists all work together seeking solutions to some of contemporary society’s most significant challenges.

The Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society is one such place and provides a forum for the rigorous exploration of diverse ideas, perspectives, and methods of identifying and solving problems at the interface of the natural and social sciences, including the humanities, as they apply to the environment and sustainability. 

Fenner offers expert perspectives on complex environmental and sustainable development challenges, drawing on decades of quality empirical and applied research.  Research focuses on understanding environmental changes across a range of scales in time and place, enabling the school to provide past, present and future narratives to guide science, policy and management. 

The School has a particularly strong track record researching long-term environment and sustainability issues and challenges, and has extensive national and international networks with governments, NGOs, research organisations and the private sector, offering significant longitudinal expertise, knowledge and influence.

Of particular importance to us is our capacity to encourage sound policy and governance outcomes that support sustainability.  We offer this guidance through a number of avenues: by providing professional development for policy leaders; training for environmental leadership; partnerships with practitioners; and offering support for those holding governance roles at local, state, territory, federal or global levels.

We are particularly advantaged in working with decision makers by our proximity to national government.

Our goal in education is to produce influential alumni who can help to shape sustainable futures.  We offer a full suite of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate options, and attract excellent Australian and international candidates. 

We cultivate graduates who are research-informed and capable, able to draw on diverse disciplinary perspectives underpinned by our three foundations: environmental science, policy and management.  Students have opportunities to develop a strong suite of career-relevant skills through interacting and working with stakeholders and applying their learning in the field, both in Australia and internationally.

Updated:  22 October 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director Fenner School/Page Contact:  Webmaster Fenner School