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Environment and Sustainability

Environment and Sustainability

Transitioning to a just and sustainable society is the grand challenge of the age. The Environment and Sustainability research group undertakes cross-disciplinary and geographical research focused on the theory, methods and policy of every major element of social and environmental sustainability, from health and well-being, through to risk, ethics, and place and identity.

The team have published widely in geography, economics, psychology, environmental science, sociology, political science, development studies and beyond. Our work has been recognised, for example, through a Leverhulme Fellowship to Saffron O’Neill on climate change communication, a Newton Prize award to Federico Caprotti for research on off-grid urban energy transitions in South Africa, the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge prize on climate change to Neil Adger, participation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Catherine Mitchell and Patrick Devine-Wright), and the inclusion of Patrick Devine-Wright, Katrina Brown and Neil Adger in the list of ISI Highly Cited authors.

Our research focuses on sustainability challenges at multiple spatial and political scales, working with researchers on common challenges across the Global South, Europe, through to key action research in Devon and Cornwall.

With partners across disciplines and world regions, our research:

Current research themes