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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.

Environment & Health

Improve understanding of the links between ecosystem and human health and wellbeing; Develop and evaluate nature-based solutions for physically and mentally healthier futures.

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The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is a major climate change summit taking place in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021. YESI is working with academics, staff and students to prepare for the global summit. Find out about the University's COP26 plans and see how we are tackling climate change as an institution.

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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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100+ York researchers

have partnered with YESI to develop research projects

17 York departments

have formed partnerships with YESI to explore interdisciplinary research opportunities

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