University Programs

  • The Beijer Institute is an international research institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The objective of the Beijer Institute is to foster interdisciplinary work involving ecologists and economists, or more generally involving natural scientists and social scientists
  • The Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University of Technology offers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students one of a kind study opportunities. Through this program students gain insights into and understandings of the cultural diversity and cultural ways of Indigenous Australians.
  • The Center for Ecological Sciences (CES) at the Indian Institute of Science was established in 1982 and has since developed several active research programs in basic and applied ecology including biodiversity, climate change and human ecology. 
  • The Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD) at Iowa State University focuses its activities on preserving and using indigenous knowledge systems (local soil taxonomies), decision-making systems (crop selection), organizational structures (farmers problem-solving groups), and innovations (local methods for pest control).
  • The Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management (CINCRM) is the research arm of the Faculty of Indigenous Research and Education, Northern TerritoryUniversity. Among others, the core focus of the Center is to support indigenous students and scholars to undertake research in natural and cultural resource management, and issues of sustainable community development affecting indigenous Australians.
  • The Center for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research(CWIKR) at Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University attempts to meet the academic needs of indigenous scholars, nations, communities, institutions and organizations as well as support, protect and preserve indigenous knowledge, education and oral traditions.
  • The Charles Darwin University is funding a traditional knowledge and intellectual property scoping project that aims to bridge the gap between what is happening at the local level and the policies being developed at the national and international level.
  • The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) works to heal fire-adapted forests and other ecosystems in western North America. The ERI strives to provide the best applied restoration knowledge to the public, land management agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic researchers, and students. Also at NAU, the Center for Sustainable Environments (CSE) brings together the talents and expertise of scientists, educators, independent scholars, business leaders, government agencies, non-profits, students, and community members to seek creative solutions to environmental problems.
  • The Ecology Center of the Siskiyous (ECOS) of Southern Oregon University was founded in 1995 by students who recognized the need for a facility that would focus on the ever-changing dynamics of local, national and global environmental issues. By providing students with the appropriate resources, ECOS can facilitate students in becoming informed citizens in complex areas of study. We provide hands-on learning opportunities such as practicum credit through the Earth Tribe garden and work-study employment for students to enhance various aspects of the Center. The mission of ECOS is to take an active part in creating an ecologically sound campus and community.
  • The Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at the Universityof Oxford offers programs in applied scientific research and international postgraduate training as well as provides advice on creating policies and management strategies for governments, business, and other organizations responding to environmental change.
  • The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at the Universityof Wollongong offers high quality services in a broad range of research, technical, policy and educational fields relevant to the natural and human environment.
  • The Ethnobiology Laboratory of the University of Kent, first established in 1995, is located in the Department of Anthropology. It serves as a focus of research and teaching for the Department, and for the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, in ethnobotany, ethnozoology, indigenous environmental knowledge systems and cognate areas.
  • The Fire and Mountain Ecology Laboratory (FME) of the University of Washington College of Forest Resources conducts a variety of research projects and other scientific activities on climatic change, fire, and forest ecology in mountain ecosystems of western North America.
  • The Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary’s University is an interdisciplinary research center concerned with a variety of social, economic, and cultural issues specific to Canada's Atlantic region.
  • The Indigenous Peoples Program (IPP) at the University ofSaskatchewan works primarily with organizations and institutions to provide educational opportunities and promote programs toward improving social and economic conditions for Indigenous peoples locally and globally.
  • The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University was established in 1992 with a vision to assist Indian Tribes in the management of their environmental resources through effective training and education programs.
  • The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), part of the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, serves as a self-determination, self-governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere (the NNI offers leadership and management programs for indigenous peoples). There are links to research centers and non-profit centers as well as a variety of papers on public policy and native affairs.
  • The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) at the University ofManitoba has the mission to create, preserve and communicate interdisciplinary knowledge in areas of resource and environmental management, and to contribute to the well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.
  • The Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR) atChemeketa Community College is focused on creating, disseminating, and supporting adaptation of natural resource curriculum materials. These materials feature topics including environmental monitoring, habitat preservation and restoration, mapping, instrumentation, and other related skills woven within the context of managing complex ecosystems.
  • The Program for Indigenous Fisheries and Traditional Biodiversity at Southern Cross University focuses on research into Australian and Asia-Pacific indigenous coastal communities and their historic and present use of natural resources, traditional and modern involvement in natural resource management, indigenous knowledge of natural systems and valuable traditional knowledge of medicinal plants and customs.
  • The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), under the leadership of the Menominee Nation, represents a broad spectrum of institutional interests including governance, commerce, education, and natural resource management. The website includes multimedia presentations, essays, and conversations on the Menominee, their forest, and their spirit. As part of the College of Menominee Nations, a land grant institution (1994), the SDI has designed a highly acclaimed sustainable development model of forestry development.
  • The University of Alaska, Fairbanks offers a Program in Global Change Education Using Western Science & Native Observations which includes an intensive summer institute for educators as well as ongoing projects.
  • The University of Victoria School of Environmental Studiessupports a Chair of Ethnoecology with an inter-disciplinary approach to facilitate the understanding of indigenous and community-based ecological knowledge and wisdom throughout society.
  • The Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies prepares new leadership and creates new knowledge that will sustain and restore the health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people.  For over 100 years, FES has used diverse disciplines in the service of responsible environmental stewardship.  Based on interdisciplinary programs of science and policy, FES offers a Ph.D. and master's degrees in environmental management, environmental science, forestry and forest science.