About YESI

"The sustainable use of our natural resources has been recognised as central to human wellbeing for over a hundred years, but we now face global environmental challenges that threaten both ourselves and our planet.

Feeding a growing population in a warming world, whilst protecting biodiversity and the services it provides, will require innovative thinking, unprecedented cooperation between countries and academic communities, and a willingness to cross the boundaries between disciplines." 




- Professor Sue Hartley,
   Director of YESI

Why work with us?

Building on its outstanding record in environmental research, the University of York has created the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI), delivering world-class interdisciplinary research on environmental sustainability for the research community, industry & policy makers. YESI combines talents for sustainable solutions to environmental change, with a clear focus on innovation and collaboration. Crucially, by capitalising on the strength of environmental and biorenewable technologies in York, one of six science cities in the UK, YESI's research has impact locally and regionally and internationally.

YESI aims to provide the evidence base for sustainable solutions to global environmental problems. To this end, we work with partners from industry, NGOs, government, funding bodies, research institutions, and Universities across the world. Our innovative approach is based on equal partnership between physical, natural and social sciences. 

If you would like to read more about YESI's work, you can download our YESI brochure (PDF  , 1,885kb)

Getting in touch

We would love to hear from you.

You can contact the YESI office by emailing our Administrator, Rachel Drinkhill (rachel.drinkhill@york.ac.uk), who works closely with our Director, Research Facilitator, and Research Theme Leaders. Alternatively, you can telephone the YESI office, +44 (0) 1904 328866. 

Visit our Contact Us page to find out more about the team in the YESI Office. 

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Our leadership team

Our work is overseen by our Academic Director, Professor Sue Hartley. We also have three Research Theme Leaders based at the University of York, who are experts in their respective fields. 

Our leadership

York researchers

YESI works with many researchers at the University of York, across several disciplines, to deliver world-class interdisciplinary research. 

Our researchers

External Advisory Board

Our External Advisory Board is made up of a panel of internationally renowned experts from industry and research institutions.  

Our Advisory Board