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From its inception, the Faculty of Environment has engaged in scholarship that addresses important environmental and societal issues. Our research is integrative in nature, drawing on concepts, theories, methods and substantive knowledge in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
As such, we are uniquely positioned to help solve the complex sustainability challenges facing the world today (see Faculty of Environment's 2013-18 Strategic Plan). The aim of our research is to measure, monitor and understand natural and human environmental systems, and to create, inform and strengthen robust environmental policy for strong environmental sustainability and governance.
We have a broad range of research activities:
Governance and society
- Local and regional economic development, policy and planning
- Environmental governance and public policy
- Sustainable energy systems and technologies
- Sustainable community development
- Urban design and planning
- Sustainable tourism
- Transportation and mobility
- Economics and politics of food systems
- Climate change
- Water resources
- Geographic information science
- Environmental theory and complex systems
- Land use and land cover change
- Environmental monitoring and assessment
- Integrated regional analyses
- International development
- Environment and health
Natural environmental science
- Weather and global climate science
- Hydrology of watershed science
- Cryospheric science
- Biogeosciences of watershed systems
- Soil science
- Ecosystem and biodiversity science
- Natural habitat management
For additional information about research at the Faculty of Environment, contact: Mike Stone, Associate Dean of Research and Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM).