Quick Facts

  • Established: 2000
  • Director: Prof Sarah Culloty

Mission Statement:
To generate new research knowledge for the understanding and protection of our natural environment, and develop technologies, tools, services and policy knowledge to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon, resource efficient, and sustainable society.

The World faces unprecedented environmental challenges. We are confronted with unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, significant and potentially irreversible changes to climate, and a continued loss in biodiversity which, combined with global population pressures in the coming decades, threaten the stability of the living systems on which we depend.

As a response to these challenges, the Environmental Research Institute was established in 2000 by University College Cork to facilitate a critical cross-university and interdisciplinary approach to doing research which can contribute effectively to the necessary transition to a sustainable society.

Who We Are

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork is flagship institute that brings together over 400 researchers from 20 University schools and departments and 6 research centres to address the global sustainability challenges of Climate Action, Circular Economy & Healthy Environment in a trans-disciplinary approach.

The Institute’s 6 research centre’s include:

What we do - Our Research

The research mission of the Environmental Research Institute is to generate new research knowledge for the understanding and protection of our natural environment, and develop technologies, tools, services and policy knowledge to facilitate a transformation to a zero carbon, resource efficient, and sustainable society. The Institute fosters a broad approach to environmental research that ranges from blue skies research aimed at new knowledge creation, to applied research designed to generate solutions to specific environmental challenges. The interdisciplinary research environment at the ERI enables researchers to work together in large, multi-skilled teams that draw on each discipline’s core competences to address scientific questions of environmental relevance in a synergistic manner. The Institute works closely with key stakeholders in industry, government, NGOs, and local communities to ensure our research is impactful and contributes to economic, environmental and social goals.

The Institute uses a “challenged-based approach” to draws upon our expertise and competencies in research platforms of

to respond to, find solutions for, three core environmental challenges: