"We were first established at the University of Surrey by Professor Roland Clift in 1992. Now, we continue to exert a major influence on the development of industrial ecology, systems analysis for sustainability and on policy-makers and civil society in meeting the challenges in living sustainably and well. The impact of our research and teaching is enhanced by our work in close partnership with diverse businesses and industry on sustainable innovation and implementation issues in practice.
Our research uses inter-disciplinary approaches to the analysis of complex systems, integrating the engineering and science-based disciplines with insights from the economic and social sciences, and from this develop action-oriented, policy relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues. These activities inform our teaching (undergraduate, masters, doctoral) to enable our graduates to develop the leading-edge knowledge and skills needed for successful careers in all aspects of sustainability. Within the University, we lead two of Surrey’s strategic research themes – Sustainability and Urban Living.
We provide a friendly and supportive environment in which innovative thought and creativity are strongly encouraged and in which our internationally and culturally diverse group of students and staff can flourish. We will be delighted to hear from you and look forward to opportunities to work with you."
By our Director, Professor Richard Murphy.
CES through the ages
By Emeritus Professor and founder of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), Roland Clift, CBE.
"CES originated from a Damascene experience at a conference in January 1991.
I was chairing the UK research initiative on clean technology, including several research councils, but becoming disillusioned by the growing realisation that our