Environment and Society Centre

We provide governments, businesses and societies with the information, networks and tools to tackle environmental challenges and accelerate the world towards a sustainable future.

The Environment and Society Centre conducts independent, thought-leading research on some of the biggest environmental challenges. We research, assemble and incubate the ideas and expertise needed for policy impact. We analyse and inform international processes, convene diverse perspectives, and bring new ideas into the international arena.

Our research demonstrates the interconnected, systemic impact of environmental challenges on both international geopolitics and local communities – and generates solutions to help mitigate, adapt and build resilience in the face of climate change and natural resource depletion.

We draw on expertise of our multidisciplinary staff, associate fellows, and international thought leaders from business, academia, government and civil society to inform our research, test new ideas, and enhance mutual understanding in the international arena. 

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Research focus

The impact of our work is internationally recognized, and our research is widely read and used by decision-makers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Our current focus includes:

  • Securing the climate and energy transition   
  • Creating sustainable solutions for food, land and natural resources  
  • Accelerating and financing the sustainability transition

Sustainability Accelerator

The Environment and Society Centre also houses the Sustainability Accelerator, a major initiative that champions our approach and puts sustainability at the core of Chatham House’s work.

Launched in 2021, the Accelerator investigates and shares innovative ideas that enable radical shifts that allow us to prosper without exhausting our planet’s resources.

As a policy accelerator, it aims to combine the best of evidence-based policymaking with the experimental approach of the entrepreneurship community, acting as a springboard for ideas and solutions to some of our biggest environmental challenges.

Find out more about the Sustainability Accelerator.

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