Centre for Environment and Sustainability
We are an internationally-acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development. We provide a friendly and supportive environment in which innovative thought and creativity are strongly encouraged and our internationally and culturally diverse group of students and staff can flourish.
Reflections by our founder
The Centre originated from a Damascene experience at a conference in January 1991. The conference crystallised the conclusion that the solutions to our environmental challenges do not lie within a single academic discipline. My response to this flash of the blindingly obvious was to seek funding to set up a research centre to bring together engineering and the social sciences.Professor Roland Clift, Founder of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Although my original intention was to set up a small research centre, CES has grown to the size of a modest department with national and international recognition and influence.
Oh, and it has been fun.
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Wetlands, parks and even botanical gardens among the best ways to cool cities during heatwaves
What we offer
Our research uses interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of complex systems, integrating the engineering and science-based disciplines with insights from the economic and social sciences. From this we develop action-oriented, policy relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues.
We can help your organisation reach objectives by using our expertise to resolve your research problems.
Work with us
Our staff members
Professor Richard Murphy
Head of the Centre
Roland Clift lecture series
Every year we run our Roland Clift lecture series presented by a different speaker. Joanna Yarrow from the IKEA Group presented the latest lecture to talk about inspiring and enabling a billion people to live better lives within the planet’s limits.
Find out more about the lecture series.
Latest blog posts
How do we govern climate action?: the case of Surrey – improvisatory and compensatory governance for Net Zero
Ian Christie and Erica Russell 13th November 2023 How should we govern the complex and urgent task of...
Review of “The business of less: The role of companies and households on a planet in peril” by Roland Geyer (Routledge: London, 2022)
Roland Geyer’s new book The Business of Less starts with a vivid vignette – taking us back to 1991...