The goal of SEI’s work around the world is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy.
At the York centre, our research areas include air quality and climate change; nature-society relations; sustainable consumption and production; managing natural resources; and urban environments and human health.
Core research areas
Air Quality, Climate and Environmental Change
Considering both mitigation and adaptation to environmental threats, with a particular focus on scenario development, biogeochemical cycling, emissions and pollution monitoring and associated impacts on human health, and adaptive response to environmental change across scales.
Environments, Human Health and Wellbeing
Exploring the role of human-made environments in influencing the health and wellbeing of residents, with a particular focus on blue-green interfaces, urban environments, ageing communities and spatial justice, social inequalities, and the role of new technologies in monitoring.
Encouraging governance that is equitable to both humans and non-humans by understanding the relationships between humankind and the environment and the effect that this has on ecosystem services and human behaviour.
Sustainable Consumption and Production
Connecting economic and trade activity to impacts on the environment and society, with a particular focus on indicators for complex agricultural commodity supply chains and food systems, and information provision and decision support for sustainable economic development.
Delivering our research
SEI York employs a variety of tools and research methods throughout its project portfolio. Our key delivery mechanisms include:
Engagement and communications encompassing extensive and intensive partnership building, networking, and dissemination of our research across a wide variety of audiences around the world including policy-makers, private and third-sector actors, the academy and local communities.
Participatory research approaches (including citizen science) specifically aim to incorporate the target stakeholders for our research outcomes into the process of research design and implementation with the purpose of increasing knowledge exchange benefits and uptake of results.
Tools for sustainable development encompass both software- and non-software based platforms or approaches for information sharing, capacity building and decision support.