Coffee, Information Chat @ OEP

Info session Sep 13Are you interested in studying environment and sustainability but not sure whether your degree is relevant? Do you want to know what skills you will gain in a multidisplinary program? Or what environmental career you might go into?

Join us for a coffee and have a chat with our academics about your options. You’ll meet some current students and learn more about the course. This is the perfect opportunity.

We offer Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate degrees all with flexible study options. Applications for semester 2, 2014 close on May 31 & Semester 1, 2015 November 30.


Info session times:
Date: Wed 14th May -  4:30pm – 5:30pm

Venue: Office for Environmental Programs meeting room, Ground Floor, Walter Boas Building (163)
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See you there!

The OEP Team

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International River Basin Mgt (Subject ENEN90037)

International River Basin Management (Subject ENEN90037)

Call for Expressions of Interest

“International River Basin Management” (Subject ENEN90037) is an elective postgraduate subject organized jointly between the University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University in China, and is worth 12.5 points. The objective of joint organisation is to foster mutually beneficial interaction between staff and students at Melbourne and Tsinghua Universities. Review of case studies of river basin management drawn from Australian and, Chinese experience are an important component of the Subject. The Case studies in 2014 will focus on the Murray Darling and Yellow River Basins.

This subject aims to equip students coming from a wide range of disciplines including environmental science, social science, natural resource management, economics, law, water management and engineering with a whole-of-system approach to managing the complex, co-evolved social-ecological systems encompassed in a river basin.

The Subject involves 2 weeks of intensive activities from 14 to 27 July 2014.

Week 1: 14 to 18 July 2014 includes simultaneous delivery of lectures to students located in both Melbourne and Beijing (Tsinghua) using electronic facilities. The lectures will be delivered from either Melbourne or Tsinghua Universities:

·  The lectures will be delivered by a range of academic disciplinary specialists supported by experienced practitioners with a depth of knowledge of the management issues and reforms facing the Murray Darling and Yellow River Basins.

Week 2: 19 to 27 July 2014 involves a field trip in China starting at the Tsinghua Campus in Beijing and progressing to important sites in the Yellow River Basin.

Understanding China, the world’s second largest economy and likely the world’s largest before 2030 is important to the futures of both our countries. Environmental challenges continue to constrain economic growth and cause public health issues. Many of the environmental problems in China are of global significance and require solutions beyond its borders. Political and cultural differences between China and other countries pose new challenges and opportunities for reform of river basin management to achieve more sustainable futures.

 The Subject “International River Basin Management” is supported by Tsinghua University, and the Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management at the University of Melbourne. Australian students’ costs in China (accommodation, meals and domestic travel) will be covered by Tsinghua University. The costs of Australian students’ international air tickets and visa applications will be substantially subsidized by the University of Melbourne through the Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management.

An expression of interest for the Subject should be submitted to Professor John Langford, Department of Infrastructure Engineering by Friday 15 June 2014.

The Expression of Interest should include:

· description of your Bachelor degree and current postgraduate course; plus

· a concise statement setting out why this subject on International River Basin Management will contribute to your future career.

For further information about this subject

About Australia China Joint Research Centre on River Basin Management:

About Tsinghua University:

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Project Sunshine PhD-Uni of Sheffield

Project Sunshine PhD position: Delivering food security through small-scale farming – lessons from Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

We are seeking a highly motivated postgraduate student with a passion to work at the interface of the natural and social sciences, and a background one of these disciplines (ideally more). This exciting PhD position is fully funded and open to applicants of any nationality.

The project is part of the University of Sheffield’s flagship Project Sunshine programme and will investigate the effectiveness of Brazil’s food security and poverty alleviation policies at addressing both socio-economic and environmental concerns. The student will use an interdisciplinary approach combining interview data from individual farms with remote sensing, and agricultural and national census data to ask three inter-related questions regarding how policies have influenced: 1) agricultural indicators of food security such as yields, agricultural expansion, and investment 2) socio-economic indicators of food security such as malnutrition, self reported intensity and duration of hunger, future farming intentions 3) deforestation that determines the provision of ecosystem services that are crucial for long-term food security. The student will undertake extensive quantitative and qualitative fieldwork in the Atlantic Forest region of the state of Minas Gerais. This is an important agricultural centre and biodiversity hotspot.

Conversational Portuguese or Spanish language skills are extremely important. The ideal applicant will also have experience of most of the following techniques: social science research methods, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and use of GIS and remote sensing. Candidates will also ideally have a Masters degree or equivalent experience, and understanding of food security and ecology.

The studentship is fully funded and open to EU and non-EU citizens alike and will be supervised jointly by staff within the Departments of Animals and Plant Sciences and Geography, University of Sheffield. The studentship has collaborative links with the Sheffield Institute of International Development and the João Pinheiro Research Foundation in Brazil. For further information please contact Dr Karl Evans (APS) or Dr Chasca Twyman (Geography), with an expression of interest and CV.

The deadline for receipt of final applications is Thursday 24th April 2014. The intention is to interview in early May, and the studentship will start in October 2014.

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OEP Research Information Session No.1

Research Information Session No.1. Start thing about a topic, possible approach, a supervior or two.  Attend the OEP REsearch Subjects Information Session.

Date: Thursday 20th March, Time: 12pm – 2pm

Venue: Th: Babel – G03 (Lower Theatrette)

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OEP students Job Opportunity

Kids Teaching Kids Education Officer

Firestarter provide the link between the environment management industry and the greater community. A family owned business, Firestarter are specialists in developing innovative environmental programs and educational material.

More specifically Firestarter developed and manages the Kids Teaching Kids Program, including the associated major international and state conference events and Target Kids Teaching Kids Week. For more information visit the Kids Teaching Kids website at

Firestarter Pty Ltd has been in operation for 14 years and predominantly runs a suite of state and national education projects using the Kids Teaching Kids program, developed in house. Firestarter designed the highly awarded Kids Teaching Kids Program to connect young people with their local environment whilst also connecting with their community, developing their sense of place and their skills in resilience and communication. Although a very small organisation Kids Teaching Kids has a big reach with projects in every Australian state and territory and a developing relationship with many overseas schools.

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