Affiliated research groups

Through our academics and alumni, Fenner School of Environment and Society houses and works closely with, several key institutes, groups, and sites, each dedicated to understanding and solving environmental and social challenges.

Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics »

The Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics (WALD) sits within The Fenner School, and combines satellite observations, field data and prediction models to measure, monitor and forecast natural hazards, natural resources and the environment. WALD's 30-odd members develop world-leading observation technology and real-time environmental information systems, for example, to manage bushfire risk, extreme weather, water resources, agriculture, forestry and natural ecosystems.

Climate Change Institute »

The ANU Climate Change Institute draws on the wealth of climate change expertise from throughout the university and connects that work with governments, the private sector and civil society. Our mission is to contribute to climate change solutions by stimulating innovative, interdisciplinary approaches and enhancing uptake of research across government and industry. The Institute is housed in the Fenner School and has numerous Fenner researchers as members.

Difficult Birds Research Group »

The Difficult Bird Research Group (DBRG), led by Prof. Rob Heinsohn at the Fenner School, ANU, seeks to promote understanding of the ecology and conservation of Australia’s rarest and most elusive threatened bird species. Such species are often hard to find, occur in wild and rugged terrain, and move around the landscape, and are consequently put in the ‘too hard basket”; however the DBRG develop new cutting edge techniques that address the challenges posed by these species, and apply the knowledge gained to manage them more effectively.

Mulligans Flat »

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary provides a safe haven, where a healthy box-gum woodland can thrive and ‘wildness’ dominate.

Sustainable Farms »

Sustainable Farms is an inspiring new trans-disciplinary initiative located at the Fenner School with a vision to empower farmers to adopt invest in their natural assets. Co-funded by The Australian National University, and philanthropy. Sustainable Farms has been created to accelerate on-ground change in practices that will directly benefit biodiversity conservation, improve farm profitability, and assist in improving farmers’ mental health and wellbeing.

The Institute for Water Futures (IWF) »

The Institute for Water Futures (IWF) is an interdisciplinary Institute which brings together experts from sciences, social sciences, humanities and public policy to support sustainable water futures to identify transformative, innovative and robust strategies to resolve the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

The Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre (iCAM) »

The Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre (iCAM) is a team of interdisciplinary Fenner School researchers at ANU specialising in integrated environmental assessment and modelling. Since its formation in 1997, iCAM has established itself as an innovative and trusted research provider across industry and university sectors within Australia and internationally. In addition to an extensive project portfolio, iCAM is involved in a range of under and post-graduate teaching and supervision programmes with strong links to the Department of Mathematics, and the Crawford School of Economics and Government.