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.

Dean Alice Hovorka announced the 2019-2020 Dean’s Awards for the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Congratulations to Liette Gilbert and Tarmo Remmel, recipients of the Dean’s Service Award, Cate Sandilands and Christina Hoicka, recipients of the Dean’s Research Award, Ute Lehrer and Mark Terry, recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award, and Sharrieffa Sattaur and Raymond Leung, recipients of the Dean’s Staff Award. Alice’s video announcement is available on YouTube.

PhD alumna, Julia Fursova received the outstanding dissertation award from the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER). Dr. Fursova successfully defended her doctoral dissertation entitled Common Health: the role of non-profit organizations in supporting community action for health equity and justice in November 2019.


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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.