Community Connections

Following last year’s devastating bushfires in the Blue Mountains, a research project involving CSU and community partners is underway to identify, explore and address the needs of older vulnerable people living in that region.

The year- long project is being led by ILWS member Dr Val Ingham, a senior lecturer in emergency management at CSU’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security.

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Our Place – Riverina and Murray


Dr John Rafferty Project Team Leader

The launch of the Our Place – Riverina and Murray project and showcase of the projects’ achievements so far on Monday, August 18 at the Albury-Wodonga campus was certainly well attended.

More than 55 people were present including community members from Holbrook and Albury, a large contingent from the Albury Wodonga Community College and Albury’s Bhutanese community, Office of Environment and Heritage and Albury City Council staff, and CSU’s Albury Head of Campus Professor Julia Coyle who gave the official welcome.

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Climate Change and the Community Forum

Climate change was certainly on the agenda in Albury on Tuesday, August 19.

First there was the Climate Change and the Community forum held in the morning at the Albury Entertainment Centre which organised by the Murray Darling Association with the support of the Institute, Albury City Council, the Regional Centre of Expertise Murray-Darling and the Australian National University.

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Nepal – The country of extremes

Pics and story by PhD student
Jennifer Sherry

A bird's-eye view of the dramatic landscape around the village of Na

A bird’s-eye view of the dramatic landscape around the village of Na

Nepal is a country of extremes. Nestled between the two populous Asian giants, China and India, the country’s northern border parallels the most awe-inspiring strip of the largest mountain range in the world: the Himalaya.

The geographic location and dramatic landscape have undoubtedly shaped the cultures and lifestyles of inhabitants from the low-lying plains of the tropical Terai to the high altitude mountain valleys. Kathmandu, the capital city and international travel hub, is a mosaic of over-stimulating colors, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, temperatures, and cultures. Heading to the remote mountain regions after a stay in the frenetic city requires yet another round of remarkable mental and physical adjustments. These transitions appear to occur more seamlessly for locals than for bewildered western visitors, who fit less comfortably through half-sized doorways, sit less comfortably on bumpy bus rooftops, and apprehensively negotiate throneless bathrooms.
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Managing Multi-functional Landscapes

Project Update


Professor Allan Curtis

Professor Allan Curtis

As part of an international project funded by the USA Joint Fire Sciences Program, ILWS social researchers are testing a novel approach to engage stakeholders who make decisions about the management of their local environment where the topic is contentious.

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Sturt's Notebook

Research, opinion and news from graduate students at the School of Environmental Science, Charles Sturt University

River Ecology and Research

Understanding how rivers function

Ian Lunt Ecology

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