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York Environmental Sustainability Institute

Interdisciplinary partnerships generating sustainable solutions to global challenges.

Our mission is to facilitate and deliver world-class interdisciplinary research on environmental sustainability for the research community, industry and policymakers.

Our innovative approach is based on equal partnerships between social, physical and life sciences, addressing environmental challenges at local, regional and global scales. 

Our research themes

Sustainable food

Developing global research into food systems resilience and sustainability; Designing integrated solutions to deliver improved food security across the food system.

Resilient ecosystems

Investigating the impacts of animal and plant diversity loss on ecosystems; Understanding drivers for these changes to protect biodiversity and the benefits it provides.

Urban living

Advancing knowledge around the natural, social, and built environments of cities; Formulating new ways of living with the pressures of worldwide urbanisation.

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We support York researchers and external organisations in a variety of ways, from hosting networking events and research workshops to providing technical support for interdisciplinary funding applications.


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