Learning, teaching and research

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.


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. 

Learn more about our Arboretum


Bushcare volunteers alongside professional regenerators have been working to restore native vegetation on campus since 2008.

Learn more about Bushcare at Macquarie

Bushland restoration

Endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest on Campus requires effort to be focused on regeneration and reducing the impact of weeds.

Learn more about bushland restoration

Lawn reclamation

This project involves Macquarie reclaiming a mown landscape, and returning it to a bushland recovery site using a variety of ecological restoration techniques.

Learn more about lawn reclamation

Mars Creek wetland

A rehabilitation project along the length of Mars Creek as it flows through campus uses innovative environmental management.

Learn more about the Mars Creek Rehabilitation Project

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.  

Learn more about our Permaculture demonstration garden

Scribbly Gum - generations

Sustainable landscape management encourages use of species local to an area. When we couldn't buy what we needed, we decided to grow our own.

Learn more about Scribbly Gum propagation

  • 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

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
  • demography
  • 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

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.

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