PhD in Environmental Studies

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University offers a PhD program engaged with an extremely diverse array of interdisciplinary environmental concerns and approaches. Our doctoral students explore natural, social, political, cultural, urban and other environments and connect conventional disciplines and practices in ways that encourage viewing issues through a broader, more contextual perspective, with an emphasis on social justice.

In FES, we adopt an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies where the social sciences, humanities, arts and natural sciences meet and inform each other. To cultivate and enhance our interdisciplinary research culture, we welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. We encourage the use of different theoretical approaches to explore environmental issues in their historical and comparative contexts, considering social, ecological, political and economic constraints and possibilities. We encourage exploration of how theoretical and practical matters intersect, how power and inequality intersect with environmental issues, and how reflexive, rigorous, critical and creative thinking can inform interpretations and policies.

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