ESI Courtyard

The Environment and Sustainability Institute situated on the Penryn Campus

Director of the ESI Professor Juliet Osborne

About us

The University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute leads cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into solutions to problems of environmental change; in so doing we are enhancing people's lives by improving their relationships with the environment.

Unlike many research institutes around the world, the ESI is not a virtual entity. Physically located on the University’s Penryn Campus, near Falmouth, the research centre brings together state-of-the-art resources with leading academics and researchers in a BREEAM Outstanding* rated building. 

The ESI builds on the University's established research strengths. Alongside this we are working with enterprises in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate research and expertise into innovative business practices, products and services.

The ESI has been enabled by a £30 million investment from the EU European Regional Development Fund (£22.9m) and the South West Regional Development Agency (£6.6m).

The ESI is headed by Director and Chair in Applied Ecology Professor Juliet Osborne.

Visit our new Resources page to download ESI publications and to join us online.

* BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. ‘Outstanding’ is the highest classification.

Environment and Sustainability Day

Our fifth Environment and Sustainability Day had over 80 Year 10 students from eight schools across Cornwall come to learn about Why Energy Matters at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI). The aim of the day was to give the students an introduction to the world of research via the use of two key skills – enquiry and communication.