We face global challenges that threaten ourselves and our planet. Feeding a growing population and coping with the effects of climate change, while protecting biodiversity and the services it provides, requires innovation, cooperation between diverse stakeholders and a willingness to cross the boundaries between academic disciplines.

Who we are

York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) was set up by the University of York to facilitate and deliver interdisciplinary research in environmental sustainability.

We harness the talents of world class researchers to generate the evidence for sustainable solutions to global challenges, focusing on three key research themes:

Our approach is based on equal partnerships between social, physical and life science, generating impacts at local, regional and global scales. 


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Read our brochure for more information:

YESI brochure 2017 (PDF , 601kb)

I am excited to be joining YESI and the University of York. These are challenging times but YESI has a great track record of facilitating the sort of interdisciplinary, multi-partner research that's necessary to address the diverse and complex problems affecting the health of the planet.

Professor Matthew Thomas, YESI Director

Our vision

  • Deliver world-class interdisciplinary research on environmental sustainability
  • Foster equal partnerships between social, physical and life sciences
  • Inform environmental policy and future funding landscapes
  • Enhance the University of York's position as a global leader in interdisciplinary research 

What we do

  • Identify and disseminate upcoming research opportunities to partners and collaborators
  • Host events and workshops to create networking opportunities
  • Connect partners across our internal and external networks to foster innovation 
  • Offer practical and administrative support with proposal writing 
  • Liaise with funding bodies and institutions to progress proposals
  • Publicise the outputs and impacts of projects 

Explore the benefits of partnering with us

University of York research

YESI supports the University's research strategy. We work closely with the Research Champion for the University's Environmental Sustainability and Resilience research theme.

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Read our brochure for more information:

YESI brochure 2017 (PDF , 601kb)