Key contact

Dr Beccy Mitchell, theme lead

+44 (0)1392 72 3994

Sustainable Aquaculture Futures

A collaborative centre set up by Cefas and University of Exeter. Find out more about Sustainable Aquaculture Futures.

Bugs produce diesel on demand

University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. The special strains of E. coli bacteria produces a fuel almost identical to conventional diesel. Read more.

How plastics are entering the food chain

Professor Tamara Galloway, Professor of Ecotoxicology in College of Life and Environmental Sciences, discusses what it would mean if the plastic waste thrown into the oceans was entering the food chain.

Environment, Sustainability and Food Security

Our researchers work with partners to provide solutions in ecology; biodiversity and conservation; agriculture; aquaculture and food security; environmental economics and policy; sustainability; development and circular economy; water; environmental risk and resilience; climate change; and environmental data and analytics.

Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation

Our work on ecology, biodiversity and conservation is broad and varied, covering both land and marine, fauna and flora.


We work with industry to research and inform sustainable water supply, waste management and flood risk management.

Environmental Risk and Resilience

The impacts of environmental risk are felt globally and will only increase in the face of climate change, urbanisation, and population growth.

Environmental Data and Analytics

Environmental data and analytics increasingly influence day to day decisions across a wide range of sectors.

Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Security

Food security is a major societal challenge.

Environmental Economics and Policy

Working with the public and private sectors, we apply world-leading research in areas such as the management of natural capital, ecosystem services, and rural policy.

Climate Change and Environmental Futures

Environmental change, including climate change, represents perhaps the defining challenge of our time.

Sustainability, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy

Corporate social responsibility and responsible business practices are increasingly important in developing sustainable business plans.