Essex Sustainability Institute

Professor Steffen Boehm was the Founding Director of the Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) between 2012 and 2015.

Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI) is the hub of all sustainability-focussed teaching, research and consultancy at Essex.

The ESI builds on a rich tradition of cross-cutting academic work, acting as a platform that brings students, and social and natural scientists together. ESI’s aim is to facilitate research and knowledge transfer on global environmental challenges, building strong links with private and public organisations, as well as the local community.

ESI’s Strengths:

  • Inter-disciplinary hub for sustainability-focussed teaching, research and consultancy at the University of Essex, focusing on the links between the natural and social sciences.
  • Facilitates and enables research and knowledge transfer on global environmental challenges, building strong links with private and public organisations, as well as the local community.
  • Offers high-quality interdisciplinary postgraduate courses
  • Attracts external funding for research on issues such as local food systems, green exercise, environmental stakeholder management, etc.

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Course: MSc Environment and Resource Management

ESI’s new MSc Environment and Resource Management is an exciting postgraduate course run between the School of Biological Sciences andEssex Business School. This interdisciplinary programme will equip students with an understanding of key issues and debates around ecological sustainability, governance and corporate ethics and responsibility.

ESI’s Current Research Projects

ESI brings together world-leading, impact-focussed research on all aspects of sustainability science being undertaken at University of Essex, including significant expertise on the social dimensions of sustainability challenges and solutions. Throughout ESI’s research and its delivery to the wider community, ESI is committed to informing the global transition to a Green Economy which supports environmental well-being and social and economic justice.

  • The Ecocultures project

    Since 2011, the Ecocultures programme has engaged in cutting-edge, mixed-methods research on the lived experience of sustainability and resilience amongst both established and emerging communities from around the world. The programme has produced high-ranking publications, major funding proposals and significant knowledge exchange, notably through an international conference in 2012 and several seminar series.

  • Green Exercise and Green Care

    The Green Exercise team produces world-leading research on the benefits of physical activity in outdoor spaces, including as a therapeutic intervention for vulnerable groups. Over the course of 10 years, the team has produced a number of high-ranking papers and been engaged in evaluating the work of several organisations involved in nature-based care.

  • Sustainable livelihoods

    Researchers across our University have been engaged in a number of projects on sustainable livelihoods in the Global South. These have included major EU-funded projects, including FP6 MANGROVE and FP7 HighARCS, which have explored various dimensions of resource-based livelihoods in the Global South.