Global change

Major sustainability challenges are global in scope, driven by global changes such as climate change, and only addressable through international research, policy and institutional mechanisms. The Fenner School undertakes research and education in the science of global change, adaptation research, the evolution of human-environment relationships, and governance aspects of responses to global change (eg):

  • Climate change: science, adaptation and mitigation
  • Extreme events, disasters and emergencies
  • Global environmental governance
  • The anthropocene: evolution of human-environment relationships.


Adding value to the PNG balsa industry

Balsa wood is a material one might use to make a model aeroplane as it is light-weight and durable. Indeed, it is a remarkably strong building...

Feeding our cities: counting the environmental cost

Humanity faces the daunting challenge of feeding nine billion people by 2050. Experts forecast that by then, about 70 per cent of the population will...

Financing global climate change action

Combating climate change is a global challenge, yet the impacts will fall most heavily on poor and vulnerable populations. Consequently rich,...

Food for thought as china’s cities grow

The growth of China’s cities is increasing wealth in the country, but it's coming at a cost. The economic boom is forcing farmers to move aside and...

Going South for the Summer

Long-distance travel lets species track comfortable climates
Many birds migrate each year to avoid the harshest cold of winter and hottest heat of summer. Globally, on longer time scales, most other animals and...

Protecting Kalahari lions

About 100,000 years ago in the late Pleistocene period, lions were the most widespread large mammal after man. Since that time, lions’ range and...

Updated:  24 February 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director Fenner School/Page Contact:  Webmaster Fenner School