"As the members of CES, we conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecosystems management including biocultural issues and human well-being and share this knowledge with the ecosystem managers and the policy makers."
Highlights from our researchers
Our research collaborations
Net Zero Innovation Project - Dr. Jane Hindley, Dr Nicholas Beuret, Dr Marie Juanchich, Kirils Makarov, Professor Ian Colbeck, Professor Alex Dumbrell and Dr Leanne Hepburn. Dr. Jane Hindley (project lead) and fother members of CES have successfully obtained a CBC-UoE Net Zero Innovation project [working together with the Colchester Borough Council Centre (CBC)]. The programme is a joint Local Government Association-UCL initiative. The environmental sustainability project focuses on CBC’s key challenge of reaching “beyond the choir” to achieve the borough’s net zero goals. World Bank-PEFA Project - Professor Kelum Jayasinghe, Professor Thankom Arun, Dr. Chaminda Wijethilake, Dr. Bedanand Upadhaya and Dr. Pawan AdhikariIntegrating Climate Change Budgeting into public investment policies: A Cross Country Assessment in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Nepal).
Inter-disciplinary research cluster on “the environment and human rights – University of Essex The Human Rights Centre (HRC) and the Centre for Environment and Society (CES) at the University of Essex organised a research networking event on human rights and climate change (initiated by Dr. Judith Bueno De Mesquita - HRC). The participants of this event managed to share a range of cutting edge and very complementary research on the environment and human rights being carried out by our academic staff across a range of departments. Based on the feedback from this event, HRC And CES have established an inter-disciplinary research cluster on “the environment and human rights” for networking, research-exchange, and funding applications in this area of global concern. We have formed an inter-disciplinary steering group for the cluster, which will support the development of its activities, together with the core teams of the HRC and CES. Dr. Judith Bueno de Mesquita, Co-Deputy Director, Human Rights Centre (HRC) and few other members Dr. Stephen Turner, Dr. Birsha Ohdedar, and Dr. Marina Lostal of HRC.
Collaboration with Sustainability Science Institutes in Europe: CES has joined with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and other 15 other Sustainability Science Institutes in Europe that operate as a separate Centre for sustainability, having strong scientific-basis and either being part of a University or having a national mandate. A meeting was held on 1st of December (this list of invitees) to discuss about the topics/themes that would be interested in collaboration and networking.
The Eastern Arc thematic champion role: Professor Graham Underwood (a leading member of CES) has recently been appointed to the Eastern Arc thematic champion role for sustainability, natural resources and food (see link below), with a remit to help bring together interested parties across the three EARC universities. There are equivalent colleagues at UEA and Kent. It’s a "convening- facilitating" role, and he can draw upon EARC resources and a direct feed into the PVC-Rs. In order to facilitate his coordinating work with eastern Arc and Essex, Graham has kindly agreed to join the CES Collaborative Committee.
Collaborations in Australia and New Zealand: The CES conducts collaborative research with Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) University of Massey New Zealand and the International Centre for Ocean Governance (ICOG), University of Western Sydney, Australia.
GCRF (University of Essex) Project. This project looked at ensuring collaborative accountability and governance in disaster management in Sri Lanka.
UMB’s Carbon Credit as Risk Mitigation of Deforestation Project.The aim of this study was to investigate the carbon credit risk mitigation of deforestation in Indonesia. He has conducted with project with Prof. Dr. Wiwik Utami and Lucky Nugroho University of Mercu Buana (UMB), Indonesia.
Professor Nigel South
Indigenous cultural representations of nature project – An exploratory study of the cultural representations of nature and wildlife within four Colombian indigenous communities. The project is based on the ‘green cultural criminology’ framework (Brisman and South, 2014) that emphasises the power of cultural representations of nature in shaping protective and destructive human behaviours toward nature.
COVID-19 GCRF funded project – A GCRF funded project on: COVID-19, Indigenous Communities and Health Justice in Colombia - Covid-19 has made more visible the intersection and reinforcement of injustices - including health injustice - affecting Indigenous peoples, such as the lack of access to water, food and health services. The consequences of the pandemic will leave Indigenous communities in even more vulnerable positions.
ORA grant – Dr. Philip Leifeld is a co-investigator for an ORA grant (~ £1 mio.) by the ESRC jointly with German and Canadian funding agencies for a project called "Frames in Production: Actors, Networks, Diffusion (FRAMENET)", together with folks at Warwick and Aston. The project has been awarded and will start in April. We have several case studies in which we analyse the frames and communication strategies of political actors around policymaking, and some of them will be focusing on the environment, probably cross-cutting with the topic of trade.
NERC and ESRC – Professor Philip Leifeld is currently involved in a project application with a volume of £1.5 mio together with CEFAS, Natalie Hicks (a marine scientist here at Essex) and others. Project title: "Enabling a Natural Capital Approach for Sustainable Management of the Seabed System (ENCASMSS)".