Sustainability-relevant research at UEA Sustainability-relevant research at UEA

UEA has been an international leader in environmental sciences and other sustainability disciplines for many years. With world-class researchers, UEA is leading the way in fields from local biodiversity research to global environmental and social implications of climate change.

The following is a selection from the wide body of research being undertaken at UEA and by UEA researchers. Explore the UEA Research pages for greater depth. Email the Sustainability Team with further suggestions.

School of Environmental Sciences (ENV)

The School of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established, largest and most fully developed interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Europe.

In the National Student Survey 2015, out of English mainstream universities, the School of Environmental Sciences scored 95 per cent for overall satisfaction in Physical, while the School of International Development scored 93 per cent for the quality of its teaching in Human and Social Geography.

The School is ranked 1st in the UK for the impact of their academic output (2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise).

Also in REF 2014, 35% of School research was judged to be world leading while 53% was rated as internationally excellent. They are the 3rd placed department in the UK when ranked by the volume of world-leading research achieved and 5th placed in terms of research ‘power’.

ENV produces world class research through its seven major environmental research centres and groups, and as part of five collaborative environmental centres and groupings.

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The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

UEA is the headquarters of the Tyndall Centre, a collaboration between scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists who are working to develop sustainable responses to climate change.

Tyndall Centre objectives*


To be an internationally recognised source of high quality and integrated climate-change research, and to exert a seminal influence on the design and achievability of the long-term strategic objectives of national and international climate policy.


To research, assess and communicate from a distinct trans-disciplinary perspective, the options to mitigate, and the necessities to adapt to, climate change, and to integrate these into the global, UK and local contexts of sustainable development.

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*emphases from the Tyndall Centre website

School of International Development (DEV)

DEV has a global reputation as a centre for research excellence. The results of the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) rank the School of International Development 4th (Times Higher Education) in the country for overall research, with 74% of our research ranked “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.

DEV is renowned for its research on climate change, behavioural and experimental economics, environmental justice, social protection and wellbeing throughout the lifecourse.

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Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (CEEC)

The Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at UEA is one of the largest groups of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in Europe, with over 20 members of faculty and a community of around 70 research staff and PhD students.

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School of Biological Sciences (BIO), Organisms and the Environment research theme

The 'Organisms and the Environment' team address fundamental evolutionary and ecological questions by studying a variety of species and systems in both the lab and the field.

Dr Iain Barr from this group is a key advisor on campus biodiversity at UEA. His expertise is used to guide campus grounds strategy and support new project ideas.

Find out more about the 'Organisms and the Environment' group in BIO

Find out more about UEA biodiversity

The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)

CSERGE is a leading interdisciplinary research centre in the field of sustainable development and decision making.

Founded in 1991 with the explicitly interdisciplinary remit of examining all aspects of decision making regarding environmental resources, the Centre consists of a number of collaborating disciplines including economics, political science, social and group sciences, geography, life cycle analysis, information systems and the natural sciences..

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Faculty of Arts and Humanities: Philosophy of Nature and the Environment

This research engages with philosophical considerations of the impact of human life on nature.

With environmental concerns amongst the most topical and pressing of our time, our research examines the philosophical underpinnings of such anxieties and investigates important questions that the impact of human life on nature raises within philosophy.

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