About the School

The Fenner School of Environment & Society is a world-leading centre for cross-disciplinary environmental and sustainability research, education and policy-relevant advice. Find out more about our impact and engagement.

Welcome to Fenner

The Fenner School of Environment & Society is a world-leading centre for cross-disciplinary environmental and sustainability research, education and policy-relevant advice.

Through cutting-edge research and insightful analysis, our academic experts create social, economic and environmental impact and deliver real-world solutions to address complex environmental challenges.

Our mission is to encourage sound environmental policy and governance outcomes that support sustainability.

The Fenner School is nationally and internationally recognised for its excellence in research and education.

We are ranked 1st in Australia and in the top 20 worldwide for Geography, Agriculture and Forestry, and in the top 25 universities globally for Environmental Science (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

Our researchers include members of the Australian Academy of Science, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences, and sit on international bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the UNESCO Chair Water Initiative.

Our research and education is focused on addressing the following national and international areas of priority:

Our long-term, site-based approach to environmental research and monitoring provides a strong empirical basis for our research and presents our students with unique experiential learning opportunities.

Researchers from the Fenner School undertake projects covering a wide range of topics to offer sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues. Current projects include: