Centre for Environment and Sustainability

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) is an internationally-acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development. Find out more about our centre.

Embedding sustainability in education

We are committed to ensuring our students develop their understanding of the consequences their actions can have on the planet and future generations. We offer a free extracurricular course students can take to get an in-depth understanding of issues affecting the sustainability of our planet.

Our staff members

Professor Richard Murphy

Head of the Centre

Richard Murphy joined the Centre for Environment and Sustainability as Professor of Life Cycle Assessment in February 2013. He has a background in biological sciences with a BSc in Botany with Zoology from King's College London and a PhD in Pure & Applied Biology from Imperial College London. Richard has undertaken Post-Doctoral work in New Zealand and The Netherlands and...
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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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Latest blog posts


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...


How much does a heat pump actually cost?

Are Ground Source Heat Pumps or Air Source Heat Pumps the future of UK home heating systems? What is...

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Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Thomas Telford (AA) building, Floor 2
University of Surrey