About us

The Sydney Environment Institute is a national and world leader in multidisciplinary environmental research, known in particular for work in the environmental humanities and social sciences.

SEI’s purpose is to extend and amplify the scope of the engagement on environmental issues; and to bring together expertise from across disciplines to address key problems in favour of the public good.

Our vision is of a University community reaching both inward across disciplines and outward into the larger world to collaboratively design and implement strategies for just and sustainable environmental transformation. Recognising the breadth of the harms unfolding, our work aims to both effect and affect the personal and cultural, the social and political, the ecological and economic. We seek to be part of the wider community of people and organisations creating the conditions under which all life can flourish.

Our objectives are broad and ambitious, but clear and consistent. We:

  • identify matters of critical environmental concern, and engage them – through creative, collaborative projects designed for real impact.
  • cross disciplinary boundaries – to ask new questions, develop new methods, and generate new forms of knowledge and awareness among the arts, the humanities, and the natural, social, and technological sciences.
  • build flourishing working communities – among academics, policymakers, cultural institutions, practicing artists, students, NGOs, and committed citizens.
  • support and mentor – ambitious, imaginative, collaborative endeavours by students, scholars, and practitioners, within the university and beyond.
  • communicate our work, and invite conversations – with the publics we serve in Sydney, across Australia, throughout the Indo-Pacific, and across the globe.
  • impact and affect communities, culture, and policy – with our direct work with partners in community organisations, cultural institutions, and government.

Engage with us

Your donation can help us improve the way we see the world. We facilitate and curate the cross-fertilization of approaches, questions, methods and outputs on ore questions of human relationships with the environment. By donating to the Sydney Environment Institute, you are helping us invite conversations and facilitate dialogue between the academy, industry, and communities and contribute to new ways of thinking.

To learn more, contact our Philanthropic Manager, Peta Magee (peta.magee@sydney.edu.au).

Directors

Prof. David Schlosberg

Director

Department of Government and International Relations

David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. His work focuses on contemporary environmental and environmental justice movements, environment and everyday life, and climate adaptation planning and policy.

He is the author of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016). His latest book, Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life, was published by Oxford.

David Schlosberg is one of the Research Leads on Climate Justice and Problems of Scale, Creating Just Food and Energy Policy, Environmental Disasters and Just Governance, Building an Understanding of Best Practice Local Food Interventions, Community Engagement in Food Governance and Evaluating FoodLab Sydney.

Michelle St Anne

Deputy Director and Operations Manager - Programming, Impact and Engagement

Sydney Environment Institute

Michelle St Anne is the Deputy Director at the Sydney Environment Institute where she oversees the Institute’s operations and engagement, including its notable public programme. Michelle is also an Honorary Associate of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and member of the Institute of Criminology. She is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, Actors Centre Australia and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Michelle has been a practising multidisciplinary theatrical artist for over twenty years. She is the co-founder and artistic director of The Living Room Theatre where she has created, directed, and performed in 26 original works that have found homes in flagship venues like Sydney Opera House, Carriageworks, and Pier 2/3, as well as non-theatrical spaces.

Building a reputation as a site-responsive artist whose immersive and intimate works eschew traditional narrative-driven performance, Michelle’s work is known for its unique, and often profound, audience engagement. She has collaborated with the acclaimed musical mavericks Ensemble Offspring, Bass Liberation Orchestra and Ensemble Onsemble.  Her methodology of ‘Composing Self’ has been transposed to create a new framework for multidisciplinary collaborative research within the Institute and its networks.

Michelle’s work is centred upon themes of violence, complicity and women’s bodies. Her stories are meted out through the elongation of time, using object & light; film & movement; body, sound and space. She currently leads the multidisciplinary project, ‘Sites of Violence’, which merges artistic and academic understandings of human and non-human experiences of violence, and the processes, emotions, and meaning that this violence makes manifest.

Michelle St Anne is the Research Lead on Sites of Violence.

Prof. Danielle Celermajer

Deputy Director – Academic
Department of Sociology and Social Policy

Danielle Celermajer is a Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, and Deputy Director – Academic of the Sydney Environment Institute.

Her books include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology (Cambridge University Press 2009), A Cultural Theory of Law in the Modern Age(Bloomsbury, 2018), and The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Dany is Director of the Multispecies Justice Project and along with her multispecies community, she has recently lived through the NSW fires, writing in the face of their experience of the “killing of everything”, which she calls “omnicide”.

Danielle Celermajer is the Research Lead on Concepts and Practices of Multispecies Justice.

SEI Staff

Research Leads

Members

Honours Research Fellows

PhD Candidates

Postdoctoral Fellows

Visiting Fellows