With major campuses across the Murray-Darling Basin, water-related issues are part of Charles Sturt University’s main priorities, with one key research theme Agriculture, Land and Water connecting its research activity to its teaching profile and to the national and international common good. As an internationally recognised integrated research and training provider, CSU has established substantial capacity to safeguard land and water. Its multi-disciplinary team combines the expertise of over 200 environmental scientists, social researchers, economists and post-graduate students to address issues ranging from sustainable water management, wetland management, adaptive management, environmental economics, climate change, social dimension of environmental sustainability (including water security), conservation management to water policy. Academics assist water managers in balancing the multiple benefits of water to achieve enhanced environmental, economic and social outcomes.
CSU is an important contributor to policy-making and management decisions in the water space, with a number of staff on advisory panels and boards. It has well-established partnerships with State and Federal Governments, agencies and other tertiary institutions as well as linkages to international organisations. CSU has a unique ability to combine biophysical, social, economic, cultural and governance fields to provide a truly integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems that arise when managing social ecological systems, specifically water. CSU academics deliver a number of water-related undergraduate and postgraduate courses, covering catchment management, land & water, river restoration and water policy & governance. They participate in high quality national and international research delivering water related projects aiming to deliver triple-bottom line outcomes across five continents.