Our Environmental Change theme explores the processes of change and interdependencies between complex human and natural systems. The theme brings together members of the College who are interested in understanding the drivers of environmental change and its impacts on natural, social, and technological systems (including food systems, resource supply chains, ecosystems, and climate change). We work actively on ways to mitigating these impacts – ranging from institutional and social/behavioural to physical and biological solutions – and turn research insights into tangible outcomes through innovations and international policy processes.
Within the Environmental Change theme, it is vital that our students and visitors are representative of the communities that will both be most affected by, and most able to make a difference to, environmental change (including climate change and the ongoing loss of nature).
We encourage and facilitate research that is done collaboratively with people who are seeking solutions on the ground (whether they are indigenous groups, NGOs, businesses or governments). We intend to foster an active community of researchers and students from across all four academic divisions of the university who have interests in environmental change.
Find out about some of our activities:
- Work on water insecurity through the REACH programme and the Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub by Katrina Charles
- Climate Change and (In)Security, a project led by Tim Clack
- Oxford Net Zero, a university-wide programme featuring Sam Fankhauser
- Research on the Food systems transformation and on Foresight for Food by Monika Zurek and Saher Hasnain