Our partnership

Our Partnership

The EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) was created in November 2013 with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It draws together expertise from the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, together with a number of UK research organisations. The DTP aims to address some of the grand challenges facing contemporary society by providing advanced training for a new generation of science and business leaders working in the broad field of environmental science.


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University of East Anglia

Founded in 1967, The University of East Anglia's School of Environmental Sciences, which leads the EnvEast DTP, is recognised nationally and internationally for its pioneering approach to interdisciplinary environmental sciences, for its breadth and for the quality of its research. It is ground-breaking in the UK for its early integration of physical, chemical, biological and social sciences into the study of natural and human environments.

The School of Biological Sciences is a vibrant and friendly academic community firmly embedded in the internationally renowned Norwich Research Park. It boasts extensive state-of-the-art research facilities as well as modern teaching laboratories. The School's world-leading research covers the full spectrum of biology, from biomedicine and developmental biology to microbiology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, ecology and conservation.

The School of Mathematics has a strong international reputation for research with robust research links and co-operation with mathematicians in the rest of Europe, Israel, Russia, the United States and Australia. There are strong research groups in Applied Mathematics (fluid and solid mechanics, with biological, industrial, environmental, and physics applications) and in Pure Mathematics (group theory; representation theory; number theory; combinatorics; model theory; set theory and ergodic theory).

The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia is a leading global centre of excellence in research and teaching in international development. The School is renowned for its research on climate change, behavioural and experimental economics, environmental justice, social protection and wellbeing throughout the lifecourse.

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University of Essex

The School of Biological Sciences conducts research on topics ranging from the structure and function of biomolecules to global environmental issues. Environmental and Plant Biosciences (EPB) at the University of Essex addresses global issues including climate change, ocean acidification, food security, the sustainability of agriculture and coastal ecosystems. EPB has a tradition of internationally recognized research excellence in the areas of marine primary productivity and biogeochemical cycling, coastal ecology, microbial ecology, microbial biotechnology, as well as photosynthesis and plant metabolism with allied molecular genetics applied to plant-environment interactions.

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University of Kent

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent, is the largest academic institute dedicated to conservation in the UK and sets itself apart from more traditionally-minded academic institutions with its clear mission to break down the barriers between the natural and social sciences in conservation, build capacity with a focus in the biodiversity rich developing countries and to focus on scientific research which informs practical implementation.

The National Centre for Statistical Ecology is a joint venture between the Universities of Kent, Cambridge and St Andrews. It is a Centre of international repute for the development and application of novel statistical methods in population ecology, integrating the partner Universities' research programmes and activities in statistical ecology. The centre aims to develop novel statistical methodologies for the analysis of complex data sets, as well as training PhD and postdoctoral researchers to work as statistical ecologists.