The ESI: What do we do, and why?

The University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) is an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change. Based on the University's Penryn Campus, in Cornwall, our world class research and education is enhancing people's lives by improving their relationships with the environment.

» Research

As an interdisciplinary research institute, the ESI works on many projects that bring diverse perspectives together to shed light on some of the major challenges the planet is facing.

» Business engagement

We’re working with more people than ever before. The Institute has engaged with more than 500 businesses, delivering 228 collaborations.

» Our people

We know that by working together, researchers from different backgrounds and with different perspectives can solve problems where the solutions are beyond the scope of a single subject.

The ESI, which opened in 2013, was made possible by funding from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme and the South West Regional Development Agency. So, whilst much of our research and activities are national or international in scope, we ensure that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are at the heart of our endeavours. We are proud to contribute to the environmental, educational and economic futures of Cornish communities.