Energy and Environment Institute


The Energy and Environment Institute operates at the interface between sustainable energy, environmental and societal resilience. Through world-leading science, innovation and sustainable solutions, it will help to shape a more resilient future for our environment and for societies across the world. The institute will explore the interaction within the food-energy-water security nexus. And it will seek to understand the interface between climate and the Earth system.

Established in 2016, the institute gathers leading scientists across this multidisciplinary space to conduct impactful research. Its work addresses global challenges surrounding climate change and its potentially devastating consequences. The institute will focus on better predicting how the world’s climate will affect communities to ensure that people can carve out a sustainable future. It will seek adaptation and mitigation measures to the challenges that environmental change creates.

The research will, for example, look at how the changing climate can alter ecosystem services and explore the implications for societies and communities dependent on these services for food, energy and everyday life.

Our challenge

The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. This will create huge pressures on a finite resource during a period of unprecedented climate change. We need to adapt our societies and communities to maintain and grow standards of living across the globe.

Aid organisations and governments worldwide, including the UK Department for International Development, are now investing millions in funding research to help build sustainable futures. And the accelerating growth in renewable energy and resource recovery from waste is rapidly reducing global carbon emissions.

The institute's research will focus on four key themes: global change, risk and resilience; co-evolution of Earth and life; 'Energy Estuary' 2050; and energy and resource recovery from waste.

Get involved

Partnership and collaboration drives our work. We work in partnership with a wide range of individuals, organisations and institutions – from museums to NGOs, from local to national and international governments - to promote our work and to deliver broad impact from our multidisciplinary research.

"The biggest question around climate change is no longer 'is it happening?' It's 'how will we have to live differently in the future?'"Professor Dan Parsons, Director, Energy and Environment Institute


To coincide with Blue Planet II, we have collated some of our latest research into the world’s oceans and coasts for you to explore. We are a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance. Here is just a selection of our marine research.


Our projects

Researchers at the University of Hull are developing innovative techniques and protocols to improve how climate change is represented in experimental models of rivers, estuaries and coasts as part of the HYDRALAB+ project.


Postgraduate research

Each year we have a range of scholarships and support available. The institute is particularly keen to encourage applications for PhD in the following areas: Global Change, Risk and Resilience; Co-evolution of Earth and Life; Energy Estuary 2050; and Energy and resource recovery from waste.

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Our People

Dan Parsons

A professor in process sedimentology, Dan explores the responses of fluvial, estuarine, coastal and deep marine environments to climate and environmental change and determining societal adaptations to mitigate the impacts: for example, understanding how evolving flood risk on mega-deltas impacts food security or how undersea avalanches pose a global telecommunications risk.

His research focuses on the interaction between fluid flows and mobile sediment - combining field work, laboratory experimentation and numerical modelling to constrain uncertainty in predictions of climate-change impacts. In 2015 Dan received the prestigious Bigsby Medal from the Geological Society of London. And in 2017 he won a European Research Council Consolidator award.

Dan is keen to attract the world’s best researchers to the team, as well as respected figures from areas addressing themes related to energy and the environment.

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