NATURE AND CULTURE
ENERGY AND CLIMATE
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
CONSERVATION
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (EMS)
E&E ENGINEERING

Environment Ethics and Philosophy
The research on environmental ethics and philosophy seeks to critically develop and challenge the existing ethical and metaphysical principles codifying the relationship between humans and nature. When we challenge our existing ethical values we often, without thinking about it, use a comparative method of reasoning. Utilising this comparative method, we ask ourselves whether a new idea is better than our own, and if it is, decide whether or not to integrate it as part of our lives. Human beings differ in their range of flexibility and this research examines critical aspects of ethical values and norms. The Centre’s environment background, together with its interdisciplinary societal studies research, bring philosophy together with cultural and environmental history, ecology, biology and anthropology. We have excelled in working with top philosophers and ethicists in a broad range of contemporary environmental philosophy which describe the present crisis of Western civilisation as a crisis of relationship. We also address more pragmatic, communication-based approaches both to the environmental crisis and to the advancements in sustainability-based thinking. Example research includes qualitative methodological practice using “weak sustainability” versus “strong sustainability” modelling. Research questions in this field often explore ethical paradigm shifts between rich North, poor South and fast developing economies. Other example issues include: (1) the ethics of environmental refugees, (2) the role of environmental discourses in framing the environmental exploitation and (3) the socioenvironmental questions of living on a planet that is in jeopardy.

Thinking Ethically About the Environment
Ethics are a broad way of thinking about what constitutes a good life and how to live one. They address questions of right and wrong, making good decisions and the character or attributes necessary to live a good life. Applied ethics address these issues with a special emphasis on how they can be lived out in a practical manner. Environmental ethics apply ethical thinking to the natural world and the relationship between humans and the Earth. Environmental ethics are a key feature of environmental studies, but they have application in many other fields including pollution, resource degradation, the threat of extinction and global climate disruption. The Centre has a strong philosophical background in distinguishing characteristics in environmental ethics, understanding the essential features of moral or ethical thinking and developing the skills to recognise and deploy moral discourse for leadership in environmental fields.
RESEARCH
SUSTAINABILITY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY ENVIRONMENT
     NATURE AND CULTURE
     ENERGY AND CLIMATE
     RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
     CONSERVATION
     ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
     EMS

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