Environmental sustainability and resilience

Our research addresses the unprecedented global challenges of ensuring food security, the increasing demand for energy and water, and preventing environmental degradation - all in the face of climate change. By collaborating widely and working across disciplines, researchers at York are helping to shape a more sustainable future for us all.

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From covid analysis to air quality, our researchers are investigating the immediate impact of the virus as well as the longer-term implications for society. 

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Research topics

Focus area

Food security and sustainability

The global population is expanding rapidly and our food system is becoming increasingly vulnerable. Our research investigates how global change, agricultural policies and food waste affect the sustainability of our food supply and develops methods and technologies to tackle these issues.

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Research Champion

Professor Ioan Fazey, Research Champion for Environmental Sustainability and Resilience

Ioan Fazey is Professor of Social Dimensions of Environment and Change in the Department of Environment and Geography. His trans-disciplinary work focuses on how society can achieve big and deep change fast, such as in response to global challenges like climate change. He works across academic and practical domains to help stimulate new thinking about how such change can be brought about.

Environmental sustainability and resilience research at York: Overview (PDF , 118kb)