The mission of Brown University is “to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation.”

The Institute for the Study of Environment and Society will support this mission through the lens of sustaining life on earth, seeking to answer the following key questions:

Natural Systems

How can we understand the functioning and response of Earth’s natural systems in the face of rapid and pervasive global change?

Food and Water

How can we optimize - effectively, efficiently and equitably - food production and water distribution for current and future generations?

Health and Wellbeing

How can we understand and support human health and wellbeing in the face of combined environmental and social vulnerability?

Equity and Governance

What governance and economic structures facilitate these solutions in a just and equitable manner, in ways that support our most vulnerable people?

Learn more about our faculty fellows, as well as a full list of our staff.