School of Environmental Sciences research

We are recognised as a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance and interest.

Our researchers specialise in areas such as climate change, globalisation, renewable energy and low-carbon futures. And we have an international reputation in Earth surface processes, evolutionary biology and functional ecology.

Geography and environmental studies research at Hull is ranked third in the UK (and first in England) for research impact. Some 70% of our research output was designated "world-leading" or "internationally excellent".

One of the University’s distinctive features is its strong research culture of collaboration and interdisciplinary working.

The school and its researchers collaborate with the University's institutes and scientists from around the world. Within the University, we work alongside the Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI) and the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS) to deliver research of the highest quality.

Hull International Fisheries Institute

The staff and associates of Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI) have extensive experience in fisheries, conservation and aquatic-resource management. The institute has long-standing relationships with key organisations that promote research and development. These include the European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Bank. HIFI specialises in applied research, with emphasis on the scope for sustainable development, management and commercial developments.


Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies

The Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS) is a multidisciplinary environmental research consultancy with more than 30 years’ experience. IECS works across a range of specialisms including ecological surveys and management, numerical modelling and GIS, and environmental assessment. Its clients include the European Commission, Government departments, industrial companies, engineering consultancies and statutory/regulatory bodies in the UK and overseas.


The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships for interdisciplinary social science topics. See our current PhD opportunities for more information. 

Research Groups AND THEMES


Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

From understanding how the Earth is responding to climate change to developing miniaturised platforms for chemical synthesis, clinical diagnostics and environmental analysis, our research addresses real-world problems.


Contact us

School of Environmental Sciences
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX