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Over 50 postgraduate doctoral students are hosted by the ECI, on a diverse set of projects which are linked to our research themes. Find out more about joining the 200+ graduated DPhil students who have qualified through our programme.

Apply for our flagship MSc programme in environmental change and management

The ECI's flagship programme - and Oxford's most popular graduate science course - recruits 25 exceptional candidates each year for training and learning across the environment.

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Our flagship Sustainability Internship Programme is now in its second year and open to enquiries from Oxford University students for placements in summer/autumn 2016.

Recent news


Stranded Coal-fired Power Assets in China: Risks for Investors and Implications for Policymakers Closed Door Workshop
SSEE, together with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), are organising a workshop on stranded coal-fired power assets in China and what this means for investors, policymakers, and regulators. At the workshop new research from a University of Oxford-led project on stranded coal-fired power assets in China will be launched and discussed. Fairmont Hotel, Beijing. Booking Required.
Oxford Energy Colloquia: How an oil and gas company successfully moved into renewables
Cheshire, CEO Dong Energy, UK. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford.
Rethinking transport infrastructure planning to extend its value over time
Dr Moshe Givoni, Tel Aviv University. TSU Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Reducing Car Dependence: Lessons from Western Europe and the USA
Dr Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech, Alexandria. TSU Seminar. E W Gilbert Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Mitigating climate change: The Paris Agreement and the 1.5°C target
Speakers: Alice Chautard, Dr Mathew Ives and Dr Monika Zurek. Environmental Change Institute Evening Meeting. SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
Hydrological prediction for drought and flood early warning in sub-Saharan Africa
Justin Sheffield, Professor of Hydrology and Remote Sensing, University of Southampton. Oxford Water Network Seminar. H O Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
SoGE Annual Lecture 2017 | Geography and heritage conservation: making our research useful | Professor Heather Viles, Head of School and Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation
In this year's Annual Lecture, Professor Heather Viles examines the value of geography and interdisciplinary research to addressing the core issues in heritage conservation. Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, SoGE, Oxford. This event is for alumni, students, staff and friends of the School of Geography and the Environment. Booking Required.
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation and the tropical carbon sink
Dr Sarah Batterman, University of Leeds. Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. Beckit Room, SoGE. Oxford. Booking Required.
Life events and mobilities across the life course
Featuring guest speakers Dr Sara Tilley (University of Edinburgh) and Emma Aldrich (Regional Programme Officer for East & Southern Africa, Marie Stopes International). Chaired by Dr Tim Schwanen (TSU). Beckit Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Urban shrinkage with Chinese characteristics
Dr. Vlad Mykhnenko, University of Oxford. This study exposes a hitherto well-concealed dimension of China's urban geography - that of shrinkage, directly effecting one in ten of its cities. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford.
The immunological side of emotions and feelings. What's s..t got to do with it?
Fulvio D'Acquisto, William Harvey Research Institute, QMUL. Hilary Term Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project Seminar Series. Roy Griffiths Room, Keble College, Oxford. Booking not required.
Dirt and danger: Beyond a bourgeois understanding of public spaces
Dr Pushpa Arabindoo, University College London. Technological Natures & Transformations Hilary 2017 Seminars. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford.
Holocene climate change and the domestication of SW Amazonia
Prof Frank Mayle, University of Reading. Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. J Gottmann Room, SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
Title to be confirmed
Dr Rodrigo Camara Leret, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests Seminar. A J Herbertson Room, SoGE, Oxford. Booking required.
Bio- and geopolitics in historical perspective - A trans-disciplinary workshop
This two-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of Geographers, Historians and Political Scientists to reflect on the origins and intersections of modern geo- and biopolitics. Registration required.
4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference
The 4th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert conference provides a forum for researchers and those interested in desert and dryland environments and societies to present, discuss and debate dryland themes and research. Registration now open.

ECI Big Ideas Seminar Series

  • Watch previous Big Ideas Seminars online and sign up to forthcoming seminars in Hilary Term 2017.
  • Oxford Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford | More information

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