The Institute at Brown for Environment & Society (IBES) was formally launched in the 2014-2015 academic year. IBES supports research to understand the interactions between natural, human and social systems. Our teaching programs prepare future leaders to envision and build a just and sustainable world. Our engagement programs take research from the lab to the statehouse, the hospital, and the public sphere.


Undergraduate and graduate students can study conservation science and policy, water and food security, environmental health, climate science and meteorology, biogeography and evolution, and more. Research is conducted in laboratories, on supercomputers and at field sites around the world.

Undergraduate concentrations in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science are housed within IBES. These concentrations provide the breadth across environmental fields along with the disciplinary depth and practical experience needed to launch students into productive professional careers.

Graduate students are supported by IBES, which provides a venue for multi-disciplinary research and education across academic units and through a host of fellowship, research and travel funding opportunities.