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Key Professional Institutes and Societies associated with the principal researchers:







Key Professional Institutes and Societies associated with the principal researchers:






Climate Change Planning from Australia - Lecture material. The curriculum materials that were developed and trialled at the School of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania in 2008-2009 are now available and can be downloaded. The materials are readily available for planning educators to use in their teaching programs. The only request is that appropriate acknowledgement is given.


Other useful web links
Ministry for the Environment, New Zealand
The website of the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment provides: an overview of key issues that affect the environment; environmental laws and treaties; and the state of the environment.  There is also a link to the OECD Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand available.  The website includes some resources, e.g. reports, that can be downloaded.

Institute for European Environmental Policy
The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is an “independent, not for profit institute dedicated to advancing an environmentally sustainable Europe through policy analysis, development and dissemination.”   The IEEP has 8 key work areas, including: Agriculture and Rural Development; Climate Change; Fisheries; Industry Chemicals & Waste; Institutional Governance; Nature Conservation & Biodiversity; Transport; and Water management.  Resources such as IEEP publications and additional European website links are also provided on this site.

International Association of Society & Natural Resources
The International Association of Society & Natural Resources (IASNR) is “an interdisciplinary professional association open to individuals who bring a variety of social science and natural science backgrounds to bear on research pertaining to the environment and natural resources issues.  The Institute publishes the highly ranked journal, Society & Natural Resources, and hosts an annual Symposium.

Centre for Strategic and International Studies
The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, non-profit organisation based in Washington, D.C.  Its purpose is to “conduct research and analysis in order to develop policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change.”  CSIS undertakes research across three broad themes: Defense and Security Policy; Global Challenges; and Regional Studies.  Under these themes, CSIS currently has over 30 programmes underway, including the Human Rights and Security Initiative, the Global Strategy Institute and Pacific Forum CSIS.

Centre on Race, Poverty & the Environment
The Centre on Race, Poverty & the Environment is a US-based “national environmental justice legal organisation “ that “provides legal and technical assistance to grassroots groups in low-income communities and communities of color fighting environmental hazards.”  The site provides a summary of its key campaigns, illustrating the diversity and type of approaches to locally based environmental justice activities and movements.

Global Witness
Global Witness is a non-governmental organisation that “exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses.”  The website features regularly updated news items, reports and a media library.  It provides focused resources on the linkages between natural resource exploitation and conflict.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organisation based in the United States.  HRW is “an independent, non-governmental organisation supported by contributions form private individuals and foundations worldwide.” HRW has more than 240 people who work to undertake and publicise human rights research.  The HRW website provides considerable country-specific and human rights information.

Carnegie Council: The Voice for Ethics in International Policy
The Carnegie Council website features three themes: Global Social Justice; Ethics, War & Peace; and Religion and Politics.  It’s an excellent resource to learn more about key topics of the moment as well as in-depth analyses on specific issues.  The website includes a Resources page that features videos, podcasts, articles and much more.  Well worth visiting and using as a regular source.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is part of a network of resources provided through the generous donations of Andrew Carnegie in the early 1900s.  The Carnegie Endowment has been led by various Presidents, and the most recently appointed (in 1997) is Jessica T. Matthews who was instrumental in transforming smaller projects on globalization into a highly successful, interdisciplinary study of globalization referred to as the Global Policy Program.  She has also spearheaded the revitalisation of the international journal, Foreign Policy.  In 2007, the organisation pushed its boundaries to become an international think tank, rather than a think tank on international issues.  To this end, the organisation has expanded from a base in Washington, D.C. and Moscow to holding offices in Beirut and Brussels, with a further presence in Beijing.  The Carnegie Endowment runs 4 programmes, including: China; Global Policy; Russia & Eurasia and Others.  Each of these have multiple themes, so visiting the site is essential.  While there, you’ll also see a variety of resources, including policy papers, policy briefs and e-newsletters.

The Carter Centre: Advancing Human Rights and Alleviating Suffering
This institute was established by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in 1982.  It is in conjunction with Emory University in Georgia, and it is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy institute whose mission is: “guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and solve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy; and improve health.”  The website includes useful links to media sources, reports and the current programmes managed by the Centre.

International Institute of Environment and Development
The IIED is an international policy research institute and non-governmental entity “working for more sustainable and equitable global development.”  The organisation sees itself as “a catalyst, broker and facilitator and helps vulnerable groups find their voice and ensure their interests are heard in decision-making.  Environmental sustainability is a core concern but not at the expense of people’s livelihoods.”  IIED has 5 research themes, including: natural resources; human settlements; governance; climate change; and sustainable markets.  The website provides resources such as publications, media and an events calendar.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is a Canadian-based non-profit organisation dedicated to research and policy innovation across a range of issues under the umbrella of “sustainable development.”  IISD’s website indicates that “IISD is in the business of promoting change towards sustainable development. As a policy research institute dedicated to effective communication of our findings, we engage decision-makers in government, business, NGOs and the other sectors in the development and implementation of policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being.”  The website hosts an impressive collection of publications, commentaries and links to other Internet sources.

The World Bank
The World Bank is made up of two institutions, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International development Association.  These institutions play a complementary role in the World Bank’s mission of “global poverty reduction and improvement of living standards.”  The website provides considerable information, including data related to the UN Millennium Development Goals.

United Nations Millennium Development Goals
The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) form the blueprint for enacting change to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people.  The goals are to be met by 2015, and the website provides key information on the MDGs and their current status.

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
The IWGIA was created in 1968 as an “initiative to establish a network of researchers and human rights activists concerned about indigenous peoples’ affairs when they became aware of the genocide of Indians in the Amazon.” The IWGIAs mission is to “endorse and promote indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination, their cultural integrity and their right to development on their own conditions.”  The site provides excellent coverage of key indigenous issues from the perspective of indigenous peoples worldwide.  It includes resources such as publications, country profiles and international processes

Society for International Development (SID)
The Society for International Development was created in 1957 as “a unique global network of individuals and institutions concerned with development which is participative, pluralistic and sustainable.”  SID created a unique ‘global space’ for dialogue drawing upon the knowledge and connections of diverse development actors, including civil society groups, political leaders, academics, students, trail-blazers in multilateral organisations and policymakers active at community, national and international levels on strategies for development, gender and social justice, institutional change and international cooperation. According to the website, “this makes SID one of the very few organisations that has a holistic, multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach to development and social change.”   SID also publishes the journal, Development, known for its commitment to theoretical and practical considerations of development.

South African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)
SARPN is a “non-profit organisation that promotes debate and knowledge sharing on poverty reduction processes and experiences in Southern Africa. SARPN aims to contribute towards effective reduction of poverty in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through creating platforms for effective pro-poor policy, strategy and practice.”  SARPN was originally established as a project of the Human Sciences Research Council in 2001, and it is currently undergoing a review to ascertain its future structure.  Publications, country news and other resources are available on the website.

Digital Library of the Commons
This site provides a gateway or portal to the international literature on the commons.  It includes an archive of full-text articles, papers and dissertations.  There is also a direct link to the free, open access journal, International Journal of the Commons.

OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030 Book
How will economic and social developments drive environmental change to 2030?  What policies are needed to address the main environmental challenges?  How can OECD and non-OECD countries best work together to tackle these challenges?
The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030 provides analyses of economic and environmental trends to 2030, and simulations of policy actions to address the key challenges.  Without new policies, we risk irreversibly damaging the environment and the natural resource base needed to support economic growth and well-being.  The costs of policy inaction are high.

A New Zealand government website focused on enabling individuals to change their behaviours and minimise their impact on the environment.  Topics include Rubbish, Water, Energy, Building, Transport and Climate Change

Relevant Journals
Environmental Policy & Management


Environment – Human Dimensions

Global Justice & Human Rights




Indigenous Knowledge & Rights



Antipode – A radical journal of geography

Cultural Geographies

Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs


Progress in Human Geography





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