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.

10-years of international research by the Global Suburanisms project, under PI Roger Keil, Project Coordinator Lucy Lynch (MES alum) and Research Administrator, Cara Challew (MES alum) was celebrated by The Conversation Canada for its impact on our understanding of how we live in the 21st century and our definitions of the urban/suburban divides. This project was funded with $2.5 million by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) under its Major Collaborative Research Initiative program. It’s impact was recently featured as part of FES’ Research Spotlights. Congrats to the team on their project’s 10-years of scholarship.

Kudos to Ellie Perkins (PI) with co-applicants Natalie Coulter (Communication Studies), Lorna Erwin (Sociology) and Laura Matesic (York Library) for receiving a SSHRC Connections Grant for the project, Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

Congratulations to Lisa Myers (PI) and Sarah Flicker (co-applicant) on receiving a SSHRC Connections Grant for a student-led project, “A Making With Place: Youth Living Homeless or on the Margins as Creative Agents of Change”, by FES graduate students Charlotte Lombardo and Phyllis Novak.


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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.