The grandest challenge facing us in the 21st century is sustaining life on earth.
The Institute at Brown for Environment & Society supports research to understand the interactions between natural, human and social systems. Our teaching programs prepare future leaders to envision and build a just and sustainable world. Our engagement programs take research from the lab to the statehouse, the hospital and the public sphere.
Undergraduate and graduate students can study conservation science and policy, water and food security, environmental health, climate science and meteorology, biogeography and evolution, and more. Research is conducted in laboratories, on supercomputers and at field sites around the world.
Explore the links at left to discover the research we do, the classes we teach, and the programs we offer.