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Research at FES and York

FES is an established leader in innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research on natural, built, and social environments. In its dual commitment to research diversity and interdisciplinary research collaboration, FES has claimed a leading position in environmental studies scholarship. FES’ interdisciplinarity is characterized by a vibrant intellectual and academic life where research and teaching activities are complementary. The involvement of graduate students in faculty members’ research projects is vital and benefits both students and faculty.  

For more information on faculty research interests, projects, and publications, see full-time faculty profiles.  More information on student research and publications is available at the FES Research page.

The Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture
FES proudly hosts the Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture held by Professor Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands.  The Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture was established in 2004 and renewed in 2008. The purpose of the Chair is to bring together research and researchers in the growing field of environmental cultural studies to address and expand pressing questions of sustainability. Building on the premise that the movement toward sustainability involves questions of meaning as much as questions of resources, the Chair places interdisciplinary ideas and practices of cultural studies at the centre of questions of sustainability. For more information visit: Catriona Sandilands' profile.

Las Nubes Project 
Las Nubes is a Costa Rican cloud-forest preserve donated to York in 1998 by Dr. Woody Fisher.  The Fisher Fund for Neo-Tropical Conservation supports FES faculty and student research at Las Nubes and in the surrounding region on a wide range of issues such as deforestation, sustainable agriculture, and biodiversity conservation. For more information visit: http://www.lasnubes.org

 York research centres
York University is home to 24 research centres and institutes.  Some are pan-university and others under the auspices of specific Faculties.  For more information visit:  http://www.yorku.ca/research/about/centres.html.

FES faculty members are particularly active in the following interdisciplinary research units:

The City Institute at York University (CITY), directed by FES Professor Roger Keil, is a university-wide research unit that conducts critical urban research that, in addition to contributing to the knowledge base of academics, policymakers and civil society, seeks to challenge received wisdom as the city of the 21st century takes shape. For more information, see http://www.yorku.ca/city.

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) is a university-wide interdisciplinary centre dedicated to pursuing multifaceted approaches to the contemporary challenges of sustainability. For more information, visit http://iris.info.yorku.ca/.

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) is an interdisciplinary research unit concerned with the economic development, political and social organization, and cultural contributions of Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit http://www.yorku.ca/cerlac/

The Centre for Refugee Studies is involved in research projects around the world, and  is dedicated to research on diverse refugee issues; it informs public discussion as well as policy development and practice innovation by international, governmental, advocacy and service organizations; and it supports teaching in refugee and migration studies. For more information, visit http://crs.yorku.ca.