The School of Earth and Environment: An International Powerhouse for Sustainability ResearchSustainable Business Leadership
Recognised as an international powerhouse for sustainability research, the School of Earth and Environment has a wide-ranging and positive impact on the world. With a strong track-record of national and global collaborations, it tackles complex challenges at the forefront of global research agendas including climate change, earth sciences, energy and more.
Read on to learn more about the school, its latest developments and the unique partnerships you can learn from.Learn more about our Sustainable Business Leadership course
What is the School of Earth and Environment?
The School of Earth and Environment is a department within the University of Leeds, with a specialist focus on sustainability covering a variety of areas such as:
- Atmospheric sciences.
- Physical climate change.
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Energy pathways.
- Environmental processes, management and policy.
- Ancient environments.
- Earth dynamics.
The school delivers pioneering global research and facilitates expert courses such as the Sustainable Business Leadership MSc / PGCert by bringing together expertise across five institutes: the Earth Surface Science Institute, Institute of Applied Geoscience, Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and the Sustainability Research Institute.
The sustainability course is delivered in collaboration with Leeds University Business School and examines the importance of sustainability decisions in relation to wider business objectives, and how organisations can leverage sustainable business models (e.g. doughnut economics) in their sustainability strategies.
A notable sustainability research project by the School of Earth and Environment
According to UK waste reduction charity WRAP, the UK throws away 9.5 million tonnes of food each year with household food waste accounting for 70% of this amount. It’s also reported that less than half the UK population associates throwing away uneaten food with climate change.
Action could be taken to reduce 50% of food waste by 2030 and in line with this, the School of Earth and Environment and major UK retailer Asda have investigated how retailers could tackle knowledge barriers faced by consumers around food waste.
The team developed a range of strategies to help customers waste less by using psychological theories and food waste reduction models. Memorable messaging on the consequences of wasting food and methods to prevent it were communicated through Asda’s in-store magazine and on product packaging.
Measurable reductions in domestic food waste were visible after six months of the scheme, and Asda have continued testing the initiative by refreshing its messaging every six months. The initiative also led to Professor William Young from the School of Earth and Environment being recognised for several sector-wide awards.
Who does the School of Earth and Environment collaborate with?
The school has a strong track-record of national and global collaborations with academic institutions, businesses, NGOs, policymakers and government bodies. It hosts many national centres, bringing scientists together to provide leadership in earth systems research, and is home to several major UKRI Energy Programme Centres.
The school also works extensively with other schools and centres across the University of Leeds, including the Priestley Centre for Climate Futures, water@leeds, the Global Food and Environment Institute, and Geosolutions Leeds. Alongside this, they also have strong links with Energy Leeds, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Leeds Social Sciences Institute, and the Bragg Centre for Materials Research.
Insights from these collaborative efforts informs the content of teaching, ensuring that it aligns with the changing sustainability landscape and latest trends in sustainability and business.
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Our Sustainable Business Leadership Masters / Postgraduate Certificate is delivered online by the University of Leeds. With a 100% online method of study, you can join from anywhere in the world, benefitting from the world-class academics and research.
There are several reasons why studying the course can benefit you, but primarily this course is ideal if you:
- want to develop the skills to make a positive contribution to sustainability and have a meaningful impact in your organisation.
- want to become a Sustainability Manager or secure other top sustainable management jobs.
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