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
Developing global research into food systems resilience and sustainability; Designing integrated solutions to deliver improved food security across the food system.
Investigating the impacts of animal and plant diversity loss on ecosystems; Understanding drivers for these changes to protect biodiversity and the benefits it provides.
Advancing knowledge around the natural, social, and built environments of cities; Formulating new ways of living with the pressures of worldwide urbanisation.
Partner with us
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.
Five years of YESI
Hear about the work of the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and gain an overview of the YESI 5 year anniversary event.
"(YESI) is about joining the dots between disciplines, it's about bringing different departments together. We need to connect the dots between climate, poverty, energy, food and water...We want our world to be better for future generations and that's what YESI is aiming to do!" Professor Sue Hartley OBE, YESI Director
17 York departments
have formed partnerships with YESI to explore interdisciplinary research opportunities