About us

Launched in 1992 to design and implement an interdisciplinary programme of research and training in environmental economics and environmental management, the Environment Department at the University of York subsequently expanded to incorporate environmental science and geography. We are still at the forefront of these exciting and dynamic areas today.

The Environment Department conducts world-leading research on topics of global environmental importance. The impact of our research in ecology and environmental science is ranked by the Times Higher Education as second in the UK and 17th in the world. Our research is highly interdisciplinary across the natural and social sciences, ranging from atmospheric chemistry to environmental economics and policy analysis. Our funding comes from numerous sources, including research councils, national and international government agencies, charities and industry.

Many of our staff sit on international and national committees, demonstrating the recognition of our work at the highest level. Through the Stockholm Environment Institute we have particularly strong links to global policy makers such as the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organisation.

The Environment Department has established a number of key partnerships with major environmental organisations including the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and the CIRCLE Institute (Centre for the Integration of Research, Conservation and Learning). Students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, can benefit from these partnerships through access to expertise in lectures, workshops and seminars, and through the research and internship opportunities they provide.

Boxall: field trip to Tenerife