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Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy


The Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy brings together excellence in science, engineering, economics and business. We help to create a sustainable future world through transformative research, education and engagement. 

We are home to researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Our interdisciplinary approach enables the Faculty to address complex problems and create innovative solutions. The REF2021 results demonstrate the Faculty's excellence across multiple disciplines, highlighting its ability to work collaboratively across traditional boundaries. 

Prof. Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen and Prof. Angus Buckling

Joint Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Research and Impact

World-class research excellence

The Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy has a strong reputation for producing world-leading research across a range of disciplines. This is reflected in our REF2021 results, which demonstrate excellence in areas such as earth systems and environmental sciences, geography, sustainability, and business and management studies. 

Sustainability and climate action

We are committed to tackling the climate emergency and ecological crisis through transformative research and education. The University of Exeter is a global leader in this area, and the Faculty plays a key role in championing this work. 

From research to real-world solutions

The Faculty is dedicated to making a positive impact beyond academia on society and the economy. This is achieved through our strong partnerships with industry and business, as well as through engagement with the wider community. 

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100% of our Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences research has internationally excellent impact

Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021

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92% of Business and Management research is world leading or internationally excellent

Based on research rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021

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We are committed to tackling the climate emergency through transformative research and education

Research institutes

Our researchers play an active role across our four interdisciplinary Research Institutes. This ensures that we are leading the way when it comes to solving real problems and creating a positive impact. We champion the University’s globally leading work on taking meaningful action against the climate emergency and ecological crisis.