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Related Research Centres, Institutes and Networks at the University of St Andrews

SASI often works with other research centres with sustainability interests within the University. These include:

Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research  CSEAR logo


CSEAR is a unique, international, membership-based organisation with around 700 active members, fellows and associates in over 40 countries. CSEAR¿s international network supports students, practitioners, scholars and educationalists in all aspects of the education, research and practice of social, environmental and sustainability accounting, reporting, auditing, finance and taxation.

CSEAR plays a pivotal role in the intellectual life of social and environmental accounting and accountability through its Journal, E-newsletter, ever-developing website, specialist library and its conferences. The Annual International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research is held in St Andrews and it supports offshoot conferences in Australasia, Canada, Portugal, Spain and Italy. CSEAR now employs two research fellows and a number of interns to assist in these activities.


Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM)

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The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling is an inter-disciplinary research centre at the University of St Andrews, linking researchers from the Schools of Mathematics and Statistics, Biology and Geography and Geosciences.

Our remit is to develop and apply advanced mathematical and statistical methods to practical problems in biology, ecology and geography. The centre is divided into research units, some of which are housed within our purpose-built facility at the old university observatory and others of which are housed in their respective schools. We have a lively seminar programme and welcome research visitors. The observatory also contains a tailor-made teaching and computer classroom, and we hold regular training workshops for practitioners.

Institute for Environmental History

When established in the early 1990s by Professor T. C. Smout, the Institute for Environmental History was unique in Western Europe. Past research has focused on woodland history, coastal archaeology, the history of pollution and waste, land use and cultural landscapes, nature conservation and countryside recreation, and species history. Over the past decade the Institute has raised in excess of £2 million from various funding bodies (principally the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC), the Arts and Humanities Research Board/Council (AHRB/C), Historic Scotland, the Forestry Commission, the Carnegie Trust, and the Leverhulme Trust).

The Institute provides both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision in environmental history. Current strengths for postgraduate supervision are the intellectual history of environment, history of science, history of waste, and the history of environmentalism.

As part of its broader research culture, the Institute has been a leader in coastal archaeology through the auspices of SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) for a number of years. Archaeologist Tom Dawson has been the moving force behind this work. He has recently been joined by two further research fellows.

Biodiversity Forum


A Biodiversity Forum website has recently been established to highlight events, news and funding opportunities and to host a blog. Please follow this link to the website


We hope to hold "biodiversity lunches" on a regular basis in the next academic year, which will be advertised on this and the Biodiversity Forum websites. Please come along if you are free, and if you have any suggestions for 'biodiversity lunches' please send them to Mara Casalini (

We hope that this website will help strengthen the links between those of us working on different aspects of biological diversity.


Scottish Oceans Institute

The Scottish Oceans Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute studying the marine environment which forms a key focus for research excellence in marine-related science.

Research interests range from the deep oceans to the coasts, and from the people who use and interact with the sea, to the biological and physical processes that make the oceans function.

SOI aims to develop scholarship, commercialization of research and advanced-level teaching delivered through contributing Schools at the University of St Andrews.