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Our world-class research, combining natural and social sciences, delivers the understanding needed to address the global environmental challenges that confront us all.

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 80 academic staff, 180 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.

We not only highlight the nature and scale of our research 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.

Research Challenges

Our research challenges provide a focus for our fundamental and applied research, ensuring our work helps provide the underlying knowledge needed to find effective solutions.

Research Groups

Our research groups include a wide range of researchers from the natural and social scientists. They work in multi-disciplinary teams within, across and beyond these groups to help find solutions to the big global environmental challenges.