The International Institute for Environmental Studies has grown out of international collaborations among a number of universities around the globe that have leading programs in environmental science, engineering and policy. While every institution recognizes the importance of internationalization and especially of providing opportunities for students and faculty to be involved in research of an international scale, most institutions also recognize that there is room for improvement in how this experience is delivered. The Institute is a response to this need.


The vision of the International Institute for Environmental Studies is to become a global leader in the development of research and policy for the management of environmental issues having international dimensions. To meet this vision the Institute shall bring together world class research scientists and policy analysts from institutions from around the globe to work collaboratively, sharing expertise, facilities and research programs.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Institute is to support academic and research enterprises in the areas of environmental science, environmental management and sustainability studies of the Member Institutions that join the Institute in accordance with the Governance Document. The Institute shall also support the research needs and interests of its governmental and industrial partners.

As a global leader in environmental research, the Institute shall foster international exchanges of research scientists, field experts, faculty members, post‐doctoral fellows    and students. It shall also facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, research needs and results among Member Institutions, Governmental Members and Industry Partners of the Institute. Through a variety of annual public events, the Institute shall seek to transfer the outcomes of the research of its members to its governmental and industrial partners and to the public at large.

The main objective of the Institute is to support the exchange of highly qualified personnel (HQP = faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students) among the member institutions and to foster truly international collaborative research and policy development. The Institute will be virtual, in that it will not have significant infrastructure associated with it (there will be a small administrative centre at Nanjing University). The funds of the Institute will be used primarily to facilitate collaborative activities among its members. Wherever possible Institute funding will support multi‐partner collaboration. The Institute will not provide research funding per se, but will support applications for research funding through its support of student and faculty travel, workshops etc. A number of different support programs will be put in place which will be available to students and faculty of the member institutions.