Since its inception in 1968, the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) has established itself as a leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching on a wide variety of environmental themes and issues.
At FES, the environment encompasses natural, built, social and organizational environments. This broad definition of the environment is very much in evidence in the range of academic areas of interests that our faculty, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars pursue.
From environmental thought to environmental practice, from planning to international development, from native issues and gender issues to health and environmental science, indeed from almost anywhere on the spectrum of environmental meanings to almost any area of environmental policy and practice – you will find our faculty, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.
The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) has about 40 full-time faculty members whose teaching and research areas of interest range from applied ecology to critical urban planning, environmental policy and management, as well as critical development studies and globalization. FES is research-intensive and interdisciplinary in nature. Our researchers investigate the pressing issues of our times by combining innovative methods and theoretical frameworks, producing evidence-based solutions and illuminating analyses of local and global issues.
Check out our Faculty Profiles
to find out more about their research and areas of interest.
FES employs sessional instructors/lecturers who can teach a course on behalf of another faculty member and may hold full- or part-time teaching positions and perform administrative duties. They may opt to apply for other research opportunities, where applicable.
While employed by government,
industry or another institution, an individual can be nominated
as adjunct faculty member at FES in recognition of their active
involvement and participation in the academic and scholarly
activities of the institution.
Recognized for their meritorious service, retired faculty members continue to be a critical part of the institution given their continuing contributions to the strength and advancement of the Faculty’s teaching and research agenda.
Postdoctoral fellows and visitors are valued by the FES community. Postdoctoral fellows and visitors work with faculty members usually from 1-2 years on common research areas of interests to advance their research, present their works and publish joint articles, as well as possibly enhance their teaching opportunities. York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies
helps coordinate the wide range of support services for postdocs at the University and has launched the York Postdoctoral Fellowships Program
aimed at supporting outstanding research by Canadian and international scholars interested in pursuing further research in their chosen field of studies. A number of postdoctoral positions are available at York through the faculty’s external research grants and other funding initiatives
FES offers a limited number of visiting scholar opportunities for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers. These positions are intended to support advanced and interdisciplinary research and writing on any environmental topics. Visiting scholars are welcome to participate in the supportive, interdisciplinary community of scholars at FES and York, and will have opportunities to present their research. There is no stipend attached to visiting scholar positions so applicants must be self-funded.