The Department conducts world leading research on topics of global environmental importance.  The impact of our research in ecology and environmental science is ranked 2nd 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 the global policy makers such as UNEP and the World Health Organisation.  The Department is a core part of the York Environmental Sustainability Initiative which brings together researchers from across the University working on environmental questions.

Our research is aligned to three main themes:

Earth Systems and Environmental Change

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  • Processes of Environmental Change
  • Palaeo-environmental Reconstruction
  • Society and Environmental Change

Ecosystems and Society                   

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  • Conservation social science
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Natural resource management
  • Environment and development

Health of the Environment        

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  • Air quality
  • Environmental exposure
  • Environmental impacts
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Policy and regulation