Learning, teaching and research
Transforming our students and staff for life
Ensuring students are exposed to learning experiences that maximise their opportunities to graduate as sustainability-literate citizens is arguably the most important step towards a sustainable future.
The importance of ensuring that our students and our research have sustainability contained within their approach is crucial. Therefore, we seek to identify sustainability in research as well as opportunities for engaging in research that is socially and environmentally responsible. We also aim to link curriculum and research with facilities and operations to enable the development of a campus-as-classroom, or living laboratory, ethos.
Education for Sustainability (EfS) aims to go beyond individual behaviour change or single actions, seeking instead systemic change within schools, universities, technical colleges, government, business, industry and society at large. Macquarie is doing this through our Education for Sustainability Initiative (EfSi).
Our concept of a Living Laboratory presents the built and natural environments of campus as a resource for learning and research.
An arboretum is a collection of plants, and at Macquarie University our whole campus is included in our Arboretum. Discover all the different aspects of our arboretum, from teaching and demonstration gardens, to self-guided walks and tours.
Bushcare volunteers alongside professional regenerators have been working to restore native vegetation on campus since 2008.
Endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest on Campus requires effort to be focused on regeneration and reducing the impact of weeds.
This project involves Macquarie reclaiming a mown landscape, and returning it to a bushland recovery site using a variety of ecological restoration techniques.
Mars Creek wetland
A rehabilitation project along the length of Mars Creek as it flows through campus uses innovative environmental management.
Permaculture demonstration garden
Permaculture is an amalgamation of the words “Permanent Agriculture”. It combines landscape architecture with sustainable agriculture and ecological principles. Permaculture designs incorporate natural elements such as sun, landscape, wind, rainfall, and climate, with the aim of maximising benefits to people and planet.
When the Strategic Research Framework 2015-2024 was released in 2014, five future shaping research priorities were defined. These research themes incorporate world-impacting focus, and clearly align with sustainability principles:
- Healthy people
- Resilient societies
- Prosperous economies
- Secure planet
- Innovative technologies
Macquarie University has 65 research centres, many of which focus on issues pertaining to sustainability, and in particular social sustainability. Only a handful of these centres are included below:
Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES)
ARIES is a research, consultancy and education centre that supports change for sustainable development within government, business and the community.
Centre for the Health Economy
The Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) is an applied research centre investigating the Australian health, ageing and disability sectors at the macro level. MUCHE provides government, business, and not-for-profit organisations with independent and applied research. This research informs public debate, assists government and business decision-making, and helps formulate strategy and policy.
Climate Futures at Macquarie bridges the divide between climate and adaptation research, policy and practice needs, by serving as a hub for interactions between leading climate researchers, governmental decision-makers, non-governmental organisations, businesses and other stakeholders, including vulnerable communities.
Centre for Workforce Futures
The Centre for Workforce Futures represents one of Asia Pacific's leading concentrations of expertise in the fields of:
- human resource management
- employment relations
- labour economics
- labour law
- management strategy
Centre for Environmental Law
The Centre for Environmental Law (CEL) builds on the research strengths and expertise of its academic staff in specific areas including:
- international and comparative law
- trade and environment
- law of the sea and marine environmental law
- water law and governance
- sustainable corporate governance and financing
- pollution and environmental regulation
- Indigenous peoples
- customary law and natural resource management
- climate change
- planning and local government law
- natural and cultural heritage
Risk Frontiers is an independent research centre servicing the specialised needs of local insurance and international reinsurance markets, government agencies, and corporate and utility organisations on risk-related issues.