Centre for Environment and Sustainability

About us

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES) is an internationally acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development.  

It takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the analysis of sustainable systems, integrating strong, engineering-based approaches with insights from the social sciences to develop action-oriented, policy-relevant responses to long-term environmental and social issues. CES’ leading-edge Masters and doctoral programmes equip students for careers towards a sustainable future.

CES prides itself in providing a friendly and supportive environment in which our internationally and culturally diverse group of students and staff can flourish.

The Centre was established in 1992 by Professor Roland Clift in a portakabin in the University of Surrey’s grounds, with just three staff.  In 2012 CES celebrated its first twenty years with an event: Glancing Back & Looking Forward.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The Centre for Environment and Sustainability is committed to the principles and beliefs of the Athena SWAN charter. Discover more.

CES founder awarded highest honour by IChemE

Professor Roland Clift, the leading thinker in industrial ecology and sustainability, has been awarded the 12th George E Davis Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).