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 School of Geography and the Environment

About ECI

The Environmental Change Institute was established in 1991 'to organize and promote interdisciplinary research on the nature, causes and impact of environmental change and to contribute to the development of management strategies for coping with future environmental change'. This statement still embodies the ECIís ethos of purposeful environmental research and knowledge exchange.

The ECI has developed an international track record for research in climate, ecosystems and energy.We are also promoting research initiatives and fostering collaborations in the fields of food and water.

The ECI is responding to the challenges in these areas through an interdisciplinary and integrated programme of understanding processes of change; exploring sustainable solutions; and influencing change through education and partnership.

Understanding processes of change

The ECI is advancing understanding of processes of change in complex human and natural systems. Our work provides insights into the implications of unmitigated change and the evidence upon which to base the evaluation of possible responses to change. We are seeking to understand the interdependence of these processes of change, from local to global scales. Highlights include:

Exploring sustainable solutions

The ECI focuses on proposing and understanding potential responses to environmental change. This process takes a number of forms, including testing policy options, critically appraising governance arrangements and designing adaptation pathways. The aim is to provide decision makers, including policy-makes, businesses and communities, with the evidence needed to identify, implement and manage sustainable systems. Highlights include:

Influencing change through education and partnership

Graduates of our popular MSc in Environmental Change and Management course hold positions of responsibility in environmental management throughout the world. Most of our research projects are conducted in collaboration with stakeholders in government, industry and communities. We lead and facilitate networks of knowledge exchange locally, nationally and globally. Highlights include: