Environmental sustainability

We are guided by a commitment to environmental sustainability, recognising its position as one of the University's 'Ethical Grand Challenges'.

Our activities

Staff and students can get involved with the University-wide sustainability activities through the Think Sustainably, Take Action initiative.

At a School level, we have a School Environment Team involving both academic and administrative staff and students that oversee an Environmental Sustainability Policy.

Some recent innovations include introducing online-only submission of coursework for undergraduate and taught master’s students, dramatically reducing printer usage.

Our Green Impact policies and initiatives:

Our teaching

Whichever social science degree course you choose, sustainability will be at the heart of the curriculum. Our courses help you develop the understanding necessary to consider environmental sustainability from many perspectives, from international development to global justice.

Here are some examples of sociology and economics course units that focus on sustainability:

  • The economics of environmental management
  • Applied environmental economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • Climate change economics
  • Sustainability, consumption and global responsibilities
  • The sociology of nature, environment and risk

Our research

Research into sustainability takes place across the School, in research centres and projects as well as by individual academic staff and PhD students.


Research undertaken within the Sustainable Consumption Institute explores how we can align a personal desire for a better life, with a shared need for a better future.

The Climate Just web tool assists local authorities and other public bodies consider areas of climate vulnerability.

The BIOMOT: Motivation and diversity programme is a multi-disciplinary EU-funded project, which considers our motivation to act in environmentally friendly ways towards the promotion of biodiversity.

The Environmental and Resource Economics group comprises Faculty staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students and regularly welcomes visiting researchers from universities around the world.

Case studies