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Education and research

As a leading teaching and research institution, we are well placed to make a significant contribution to tackling sustainability worldwide. We were recently ranked 2nd in the UK, and 17th in the world, by Times Higher Education for the impact of our research in environmental and ecological sciences.

Department of Environment and Geography

Our Department of Environment and Geography is a world-leading centre for teaching and research on sustainable solutions to the world's environmental problems. It also hosts the Stockholm Environment Institute at York, part of a major international research organisation committed to implementing global sustainable development.

York Environmental Sustainability Institute

YESI brings together researchers from many different disciplines so they can undertake the research needed to tackle major environmental issues, such as biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change and green energy. 

Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence

Our Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence is a world-leading research centre that promotes the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry, and related technologies, into new products and processes.

Other teaching and research areas

Environmental and sustainability themes are embedded in our undergraduate programmes and feature prominently in research across many departments.

Key contacts

  • Department of Environment and Geography
    01904 432999

  • Stockholm Environment Institute
    01904 432897

  • YESI Co-ordinator
    Debbie Coldwell
    01904 328866

  • Department of Green Chemistry
    01904 322511