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.

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.

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, pr...


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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...