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.

Roger Keil, Tricia Wood (Geography) and the entire StudentMoveTO team, which includes a collective of 10 GTHA post-secondary institutions, successfully launched the largest Canadian study on student transportation. Data from the StudentMoveTO study will generate insights, debates and actions to improve transportation experiences for post-secondary students in the GTHA. The research project is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant.

Ellie Perkins celebrates the launch of her new book, Local Activism for Global Climate Justice: the Great Lakes Watershed. This work is a result of Perkins’ 2017 Universities Canada-Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) Ecological Economics, Commons Governance, and Climate Justice. Many FES and York chapter authors are part of this collection including Michaela Hynie, Meagan Dellavilla, Monica de Vera, Doug Baxter, Alicia Richins, Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin, Natália Britto, Aaron Saad, Alia Karim, Martin Sers, and Barbara Sniderman.

Catriona Sandilands of York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) has published a new anthology titled Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times, which is the outcome of her prestigious research fellowship by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, granted in September 2016.


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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.