The Environment Department was founded in 1992 to integrate ecological and environmental sciences with environmental economics. We aim to improve understanding of environmental problems through the consideration of both the human dimension and the underpinning science. We also aim to develop solutions to these problems that are consistent with global, regional and local institutions and markets. Our research emphasises resource sustainability over a range of temporal and spatial scales.
From the outset, the philosophy underpinning our strategy in teaching and research has been to build a team of staff committed to excellence in both. That team would actively participate in interdisciplinary research to address key environmental issues. Whether the problem is one of acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming or the management of forests, fish or wildlife, we believe it is only by understanding the environmental, economic and social issues together that we can really take them forward. In the past decade, the Department has established itself as one of the leading centres in the UK for interdisciplinary teaching and research in the environmental sciences and environmental economics.
The Department is situated at the heart of the University of York campus and provides the focus for applied environmental teaching and research at the University. Consistent with its modern and interdisciplinary nature, it houses well-equipped science and computer laboratories. The Environment Department is the base for a leading international journal Journal of Animal Ecology. It also houses the Centre for Ecology, Law and Policy (CELP), an interdisciplinary research centre established between the Department of Environment, Politics and Social Policy, and the UK Bio-sustainability DIVERSITAS office, a major international programme for the sustainable management of biodiversity.
In its teaching and research programme, the Environment Department collaborates closely with other Department, especially the Department of Economics and Related Studies. The Environment Department has a young and highly research-active staff. Its teaching programmes are research led, and students have an opportunity to become involved in the research work of the Department.
The Environment Department is recognised by both the Economic and Social Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council for research studentships.