Centre for Environment and Sustainability

We were first established in 1992 by Professor Roland Clift, and are now an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development.

Study with us

We offer excellence in innovative PhD and EngD programmes which are embedded within multidisciplinary research, as well as numerous MSc courses and continued professional development courses.

Extracurricular study

Alongside your usual studies, we offer a free Global Graduate Award in Sustainability. This course will improve your understanding of the world we live in and enable you to gain an understanding of a wide range of issues affecting the sustainability of our planet.

What we offer

Every year we run our Roland Clift lecture series presented by a different speaker, our most recent lecture was held by Joanna Yarrow from the IKEA Group. We are also proud to say that we hold the Athena Swan bronze Award for our progress and commitment to equality and diversity.

Become a partner organisation

We can help your organisation resolve a research problem you have by offering our expertise to help you reach your objectives.


Prosperity matters

The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) is an ESRC funded multi-institutional research centre, directed by Professor Tim Jackson. Their vision is to help humans live a better, healthier more prosperous life by looking at the economic, social, political and philosophical areas that will get us there.

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Stressbusting Surrey garden collaboration wins coveted silver-gilt medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show : https://t.co/lC99mCYzgC
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Looking forward to hearing Dr Jaqi Lee speak tonight at CIRIA Circularity in the build environment debate in London https://t.co/H07PfjHeQp
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Well done to PDS student Patrick Elf @CES_Surrey for article published in @retailgazette https://t.co/RltT0dnIJH
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University of Surrey celebrates the power of plants as anti-stress garden comes to RHS Chelsea Flower Show :… https://t.co/1reAu1lRju

Latest blog posts


Can volunteering help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

By Lia Papazoglou, MSc student at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, March 2019 In June 2018,...


Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering

Luke Deamer is a doctoral practitioner in sustainability sponsored by Keller plc, the world’s largest...

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Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Arthur C Clarke building, Floor 2
University of Surrey