Research in sustainability

Climate change and environmental sustainability are some of the most critical challenges facing humanity. From climate science and sustainable development to energy ethics and technologies, world-leading research on sustainability is taking place at the University of St Andrews. Across the breadth of the University, our researchers are addressing key questions on the defining issue of our generation.

St Andrews' definition of 'sustainability research' is broad and includes (among others):

  • climate inequality
  • political ecology
  • ecocriticism
  • environmental humanities
  • sustainability
  • climate change
  • energy
  • ecosystems
  • biodiversity
  • development
  • anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity and populations.

St Andrews Network for Climate, Energy, Environment and Sustainability (STACEES)

STACEES is an interdisciplinary research-focused initiative launched in April 2021. 

STACEES’ objective is to drive cohesion and capacity in environmental sustainability research at St Andrews, boosting its impact and visibility. The network’s vision is to build ambitious, lasting research capabilities that position the University at the centre of international conversations on climate change, energy research and environmental sustainability.

The network strives to run accessible, inclusive events held at varying times of day. Our events are open to all members of the University community.

For up-to-date news about our events and activities, please visit STACEES.

For further information, please contact