Institute at Brown for Environment and SocietyIBES


A hallmark of scholarship at Brown and within IBES is the integration of research and teaching.

This scholarship takes many forms, from basic discovery that fuels future advances, to applied problem solving that meets the challenges facing our environment—but also to engaged work that involves a reciprocal, collaborative relationship between our scholars and the world beyond Brown.

Among other activities linked to research projects and classes, IBES sponsors two programs that enable students and faculty to work side by side to take action on pressing issues at the nexus of environment and society.

The Climate and Development Lab (CDL) at IBES is a think tank that produces timely, accessible, and impactful research to inform a more just and effective climate change policy. Students and faculty work with leading actors in government, civil society and the media around the world in the attempt to bring about change by identifying and filling important research gaps and generating ideas for action on climate change

The Program in Environmental and Civic Engagement (PECE) enables Brown students and faculty to translate knowledge into action, to benefit Rhode Islanders, and to test scalable responses to global change.

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