Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

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'.


We have 25 years of experience in helping governments business and communities anticipate and respond to the risks of environmental change


We are currently engaged in 50+ research projects with a growing annual income that consistently exceeds £3.5million.


We have an influential international Advisory Board that plays a key role in advising on the Institute's development.


We ADVANCE understanding of the processes and implications of change in coupled human and natural systems.

We DEVELOP and analyse potential economic and social responses, policies and management practices of relevance to governments, business and communities.

We LEAD and engage in large national and international consortia with research and stakeholder partners.

We TRAIN international graduate students in strategic environmental leadership, management and decision-making.

We COMMIT significant resources to active engagement with a wide range of key audiences, including dissemination of our research insights.

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Exploring change: Stories of ideas & research

Read our latest review from 2018 offering a brief impression of the ECI today and a snapshot of our research and partnerships. | Also read our strategy document 'Changing the future', outlining the scale of the environmental challenge we face and the ECI’s response.

Stories of change 2018

Over the last 25 years we have developed an international track record for research in climate, ecosystems and energy and a growing expertise in the fields of food and water. We respond 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.

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.

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.

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