Research at the Environment Centre

As one of the world’s largest and highest rated* multi-disciplinary centres of environmental research, we bring together world class researchers from a wide range of disciplines to help to find solutions to global environmental challenges.

Our success in doing this was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed us third in the UK for the real world impact of our research.

We have more than 65 academic staff,160 PhD students and 50 post-doctoral researchers spanning the social, physical and biological aspects of the environment. They include anthropologists, environmental chemists, atmospheric scientists, ecologists,  geologists, physicists, hydrologists, soil and plant scientists and social scientists. They are clustered within research groups, engaged in both fundamental and applied research. These groups are:

This diversity of expertise enables us to assemble cross-disciplinary teams who work together on our three research challenges:

We not only highlight the nature and scale of these challenges but, working with businesses, governments and non-governmental organisations internationally, we provide the underlying knowledge to help find effective solutions. We are helped in this by colleagues from other disciplines within Lancaster University, and a network of partners from the UK, and around the world, including our partners in China and Brazil.

*A world top 100 university, QS World University Rankings 2014