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.

Download our brochure (PDF) to find out all about our centre and what we do here.

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 CPD and short 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.

Stay connected


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Here's what a coronavirus-like response to the climate crisis would look like https://t.co/ptR2slRloW
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PDS students @jamesdaly93 & @YuliaOmer from @CES_Surrey delivered excellent seminars regarding their industry fund… https://t.co/vJHFDQPrIM
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Prof Richard Murphy sat down with @BBCSurrey this morning to discuss the UK’s ban on coal and wet wood. Listen here: https://t.co/NMmLVYUkV0
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Climate change education ‘could help more than some renewables’ https://t.co/WSgXfIgwxP via @timeshighered Join… https://t.co/xZ02swddLF

Latest blog posts


Lost in Translation: sustainability down the construction supply chain

by: Luke Deamer, Erica Russell and Jacquetta Lee, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University...


Community Engagement Sprint by the UK Green Building Council

“A built environment that enables people & planet to thrive” is the UK Green Building...

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