Centre for Environment and Sustainability

The blog of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey.

Shifting Public Thinking

CES Doctoral Practitioner in Sustainability, Erica Russell, on the recent Sustainable Brands conference: Over the last few weeks I have been fascinated by several thought provoking examples of how brand marketing is being used or developed to shift mass opinion. Sustainable Brands held a conference in November and in the spirit of trying to make […]


The different meanings and scales of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Centre for Environmental Strategy Research Fellow Dr Alma López-Avilés discusses the challenges of scale with respect to research into the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: In 2009, the UK’s previous Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Professor Beddington[i], talked about a ‘perfect storm’ of problems around water, energy and food shortages. He pointed out that based on a […]


Can online communities play a role in fostering more sustainable practices?

In this blog Centre of Environmental Strategy MSc student Meg Roper shares the finding from her research dissertation. There is increasingly a consensus that technological advances alone will not mitigate the environmental impact of our unsustainable consumption patterns and that behaviour change is needed. As Tim Jackson summed up, researchers have long recognised that behaviour […]


Are we headed for runaway climate change? Is the future a planet like Venus?

Dr Jonathan Chenoweth gives an overview of the side-event that he attended this morning at COP21.   I have just been to another fascinating parallel session at COP21, this time focusing upon the risks of irreversible cryosphere climate change, with this session chaired by the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative. The Cryosphere refers to the ice […]