Since 1968, the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University has been at the forefront of cutting edge research, teaching and learning. As the first Environmental Studies program in Canada, we explore the theoretical and practical relationships between the natural, social, artistic and built environments. Offering three innovative programs – Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES), Master in Environmental Studies (MES) and Doctorate in Environmental Studies (PhD) – our mandate is to provide unsurpassed opportunities for our students.

Our vision is to direct and combine the diverse energies, assets and activities of FES as the premier location for interdisciplinary, analytical and collaborative research, education and community action on critical and changing environmental issues.

Dean’s Highlights

The Faculty of Environmental Studies is a community of people engaged in making a positive, just and sustainable change in our world. Our Dean’s Highlights will recognize and celebrate the monthly achievements of our community members. Share in our recognition for our outstanding scholars, inspiring students, successful alumni, dynamic staff and supportive friends.

FES Professor Roger Keil and LA&PS Professor Harris Ali’s work, The Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City, have been recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of the top 10 books written on global pandemics. Sharing their research from the SARS outbreak, Keil and Harris have been expert guests on several print and radio interviews, including this recent article in the Conversation.

AIF Success! Congratulations to FES and Geography community members, Professor Luisa Sotomayor, Professor Steven Tufts & Rick Bello, and PhD Candidate, Silvia Vasquez-Olguin for receiving funding from the Academic Innovation Fund. Sotomayor has received funding to extend  and expand the outstanding Planning Skills Workshop series. Tufts and Bello will be launching a new experiential education project, “Learning the Bruce: Community Engagement and Capstone Field Course Experience in Bruce County, Ontario, Canada”.  Vasquez-Olguin will be upgrading Maloca Community Garden infrastructure and opportunities with students enrolling in Urban Gardening & Sustainability (ENVS 3800D 3.00).

Kudos to Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Sarah Flicker for receiving tenure and promotion to Full Professor.


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York University’s Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that many Indigenous nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.