Professor Neil Adger has led a study that has shown concerns about governmental failure to act effectively and fairly in the aftermath of extreme weather events can affect the degree to which residents are willing to protect themselves.

iGov team

Professor Catherine Mitchell is leading a team of Exeter researchers who are conducting the first in-depth analysis of the governance behind energy provision and aim to present the UK Government with a framework for how the UK can meet its sustainable energy aspirations.

Environment and Sustainability

The Environment and Sustainability group is composed of leading and emerging social scientists who undertake interdisciplinary research on frontier issues of environment and sustainability.

The group bring spatial and geographical dimensions to research focused on the theory, methods and policy of sustainability, and undertakes cutting edge research in distinctive areas such as place attachment, political economies of energy, climate justice and ecosystem services.

Research themes

  1. Limits to climate change adaptation
  2. Ecosystem services
  3. Sustainable energy transitions
  4. Sustainable consumption


The research group has received funding from the following funders:

  • AHRC
  • British Academy
  • ESRC
  • European Research Council
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • NERC
  • Norwegian Research Council