Environmental politics

The Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield is home to one of the largest contingents of environmental politics scholars in the country, who are united by concerns about global environmental change.

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Our research areas

We have expertise on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Animal rights 
  • Climate change
  • Conservation
  • Energy security
  • Environmental activism 
  • Environmental justice
  • EU environmental policy
  • Food sovereignty
  • Forest governance
  • Illegal wildlife trade 
  • Multilateral environmental agreements
  • Political ecology
  • Science policy
  • Transport 

Our researchers have experience in several regions of the world:

  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • the Middle East
  • the Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Africa

They also have specific expertise on Nigeria, China, Australia, Madagascar, Turkey, Bolivia amongst others.

Interdisciplinary research

Our research is interdisciplinary in nature; and many of us have backgrounds and close connections with Geography, Philosophy and Sociology. We have close ties with a range of international environmental NGOs and policy-makers, and we are strongly linked with colleagues across the University of Sheffield, such as those in the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, the Sheffield Institute for International Development, The University of Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures and the Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre. 


The Nexus Network

Funding: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), £103k

The Nexus Network brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to develop collaborative projects to improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment. The three-year initiative aims to foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across these four linked 'nexus' domains.

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See more about the Nexus Network

BIOSEC project

The BIOSEC project critically examines the growing inter-relationships between biodiversity conservation and security. 

Concerns about rising rates of poaching and trafficking of wildlife are changing approaches to conservation, such that it is now often described as a security threat. The BIOSEC project seeks to develop a better understanding of the implications of shifting towards more security-orientated approaches. 

World-leading researchers

Our academic staff are all engaged in groundbreaking research with expertise in all of the key areas of politics and international relations.

Staff profiles