The Environment research theme brings together the University of Reading’s world-leading strengths in research relating to the environment. It encourages strong research interactions, reach and impact among eight research divisions and between 200 academics across the University.
Our primary aim is to better understand and address the challenges of environmental change.
The evolution of the Earth is a story of environmental change. Change that, over the past few million years, has stimulated human creativity and is being increasingly shaped by human influence.
Population growth, climate change, globalisation and technological advances are placing unprecedented pressures on the environment and the ecosystem services it provides, such as safe food, clean water and air, flood mitigation, disease prevention, spiritual wellbeing and raw materials.
Reducing these pressures and sustaining these ecosystem services demands a rigorous understanding of the complex systems underpinning these services, which itself entails bringing together research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.