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.

Our brochure

CES brochure 2018
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Being an MSc student at CES

Our full-time and part-time postgraduate students talk about their time here at the University.


South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Studentship 2019 entry

Funding information:
A stipend of £14,777 will be available for fully funded students only, with a Research Training Support Grant of £750. Students from EU countries who have not been resident in the UK for three years are eligible for a fees-only award.

Development of life cycle and environmental cost models to assess the use of thermoplastics in certain aircraft structures

Funding information:
This project is funded by TWI and the University of Surrey. For Home students a £24,000 per annum scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees and provide a competitive enhanced stipend of £16-20,000 per annum for the duration of three years. Partial scholarships are provided for international students with funding up to £24,000 per annum for three years.

The fate and impacts of microplastics in freshwater systems

Funding information:
As a NERC PhD student, you will receive a stipend of £14,057 a year (similar to a wage, but tax-free) and your university fees will be paid. You will also have funding for participation in conferences, fieldwork and visits to the partners co-supervising your project.

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.

Athena Swan Bronze Award 2018

Our centre has been awarded the Athena Swan Bronze award underlining our commitment to equality and diversity within our centre and the wider University.

View our videos

Professor Richard Murphy talks about the centre and we have Johan Rockström discussing his latest research on the planetary boundaries.

Prosperity Matters

The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) is an ESRC funded multi-institutional research centre, coordinated from the University of Surrey under the direction of Prof Tim Jackson.

Stay connected


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Invitation to attend our P3Connect talk with Trewin Restorick, CEO & Founder of Hubbub UK. Come and find out about… https://t.co/10KOsEuSXH
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Our new Doctoral Practitioner, Luke Deamer, speaks about his experience on the PDS sustainability programme, his re… https://t.co/GCNJggUAYo
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Really good write-up on shareholder engagement and how investors are beginning to campaign for climate change. Mon… https://t.co/OBKwkvwUS0
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Our 2018/19 cohort of MSc Sustainability students visited @GrundonRecycle to view the waste to energy plant convert… https://t.co/DFwyM2ajo5

Latest blog posts


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2019 Fearless Forecast for the Planet

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