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University of Essex: Environment, Society and Culture

Institution University of Essex View institution profile
Department Philosophy and Art History
Telephone 01206 872719
Study type Taught


How do we as human beings shape and impact the environment? What are the implications of legal and business practices, public policy and cultural production on our surroundings? What is the connection between local actions and global outcomes, and vice versa?

Environmental challenges, such as climate change, deforestation and biodiversity loss, are the defining crises of our time. We’re committed to helping you build the vital skills and knowledge you need to think critically about environmental issues and to respond to them sensitively. We’re interested in studying how diverse cultures and societies interact with the environment locally and globally. From the use of technology, to consumer habits and political conflicts, we examine the influence human activities have on the environment past, present and future.


University of Essex



As an Essex postgraduate you’ll have the freedom to challenge the status quo, ask the difficult questions and take intellectual risk. You’re taught and supported by world-leading academics in our research-intensive environment. You will be at home in an environment that will enable you to make a difference.

Teaching and research quality
We are rated Gold in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework (2017), which means you’ll receive an excellent educational experience. Our pioneering work continues to change the world – we’re ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good …

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