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Promoting societal and
environmental resilience

through world-leading research.

The interdisciplinary Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull brings together the skills and capabilities of leading researchers to tackle global challenges related to climate change and population growth and their consequences for society and livelihoods. We work within four themes at the interface between sustainable energy and environmental resilience:
Global change, risk and resilience
Climate change and co-evolution of Earth and life
Clean growth and carbon net zero transition
Societies, cultures and climate justice
The Challenge
Our climate is changing and sea level is rising. The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, forcing people to inhabit marginal areas. This will dramatically increase flood risk, create huge pressures on vital resources and present immense waste management challenges.

What we do

We aim to leverage partnerships and accelerate innovation pathways to ensure that our research provides the evidence base for policy makers and sets new research agendas.

Future-focused, our research will guide understanding of the ways in which we, as a global community, have to live differently in order to carve out a sustainable future in which vulnerabilities are reduced, societal resilience is enhanced and standards of living are maintained and grown across the globe.

Our Strategic Aims

Our new strategy sets out how we will unlock the answers to the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced – simultaneously delivering just and equitable solutions to climate change, addressing climate injustices during a carbon net zero transition.

Our research, skills and capability will identify solutions to mitigate, adapt, and build resilience in the face of climate change, alongside educating and training the future leaders of green and blue economies and delivering across the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Our work

CSET - Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies
We’re driving decarbonisation innovation through research into green buildings, sustainable heating & cooling and energy efficiency & management
We’re exploring the evolution of flood risk on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, home to 18 million people and slowly drowning as sea-levels rise.
Risky Cities
We're using innovative arts and humanities approaches to build climate awareness and help communities become more flood resilient.
Living With Water
We’re partners in Living with Water, providing research expertise to this community flood resilience initiative.
We’re one of 24 partners awarded a major European Union research grant of almost €10 million to predict how our rivers, estuaries and coasts will be affected by environmental change.
Bute Inlet
On the Bute Inlet in Canada, we’re part of a larger international effort to monitor turbidity currents in action.
Plastics Collaboratory
We aim to understand the pathways and interactions of plastics in the environment and develop new pathways to an enhanced circularity in plastics use.
Renewable energy


With a community of excellent research colleagues, we lead on a range of interdisciplinary projects to tackle some of the biggest global challenges we face as a global society.

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Highlighting impactful research from the Aura CDT

Find out about the EPSRC/NERC Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

Find out about the EPSRC/NERC Aura CDT in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment


We work with a number of partners on a variety of unique and innovative research solutions and facilities, that have significantly advanced our understanding of environmental issues. See just some of the facilities that we have available, below. 


Hull Stratified Coriolis Investigation Experiment


Bayfield Hydrography Suite