A hub for interdisciplinary research

The Centre of Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) is a partnership between the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute. It lies at the heart of the University’s vision of Transformation – striving for excellence and impact and to transform lives – locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge.

CECHR provides a hub for interdisciplinary research addressing how societies can increase resilience to environmental change and promote sustainable futures. Food, Water, Energy and Health Futures are key themes where CECHR aims to deliver world-class research and postgraduate teaching.

Showcasing the University’s environmental portfolio

Our aim is to showcase the University’s environmental portfolio in a single space, we welcome and encourage participation from all areas of the University and strive to promote and create interdisciplinary interactions. This strategy has led to the creation of ‘CECHR associates’ whose research expertise is highlighted and promoted on the website on both the ‘CECHR associate’ and project pages. By becoming a ‘CECHR associate’ you would consciously become part of the CECHR initiative sharing the benefits and enabling us to pull together as a collective.

Research Framework

CECHR is a hub for integrating the scientific, social science, policy and legal expertise in the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute. Food, water, energy and health security provide four pillars of research excellence linked by cross-cutting themes such as governance and regulation, agriculture and ecosystem services, population growth and migration, adaptive engineering, vulnerability, new technologies and translation of research into public policy. This framework enables us to consolidate existing strengths and also build new linkages within and between our institutions.

Research Framework


Inter-institutional Research Clusters are being developed around the four main research pillars of Food, Water, Energy and Health Futures. This initiative will build on the internationally recognised expertise all ready present in The James Hutton InstituteCentre for Water Law, Policy and ScienceCEPMLP, Renewable Energy Centre and the Geddes Institute for Urban Research.

In addition we are also developing exciting new agenda setting research clusters tackling cross-cutting themes across the four main research pillars and ensuring vitality and focus aligned to key national and international policy drivers. These include:

  • Governance, economy and regulation
  • Agriculture and carbon landscapes
  • Demography and social justice
  • Society, environment and health
  • Climate change and ecosystem services
  • Adaptive engineering and the built environment
  • Tools and technical systems