School of Environment and Sustainability 1

The School of Environment and Sustainability brings together academic, research, and practice-based engagements with questions of sustainability and the environment across a wide range of perspectives and disciplines, from law, history, political science, and philosophy to climate science, hydrology, and forestry. This speaks directly to global and domestic policy imperatives: India has renewed its commitment to the Paris Accord, as well as National Missions on Solar and Renewable Energy and the National Action Plan on Climate Change.


Within the degree programmes of the proposed IIHS IOE, the School will be the core location for the Concentrations on Environment and Climate, and Disaster Risk Reduction. The School will also teach courses on ecology and environmental geography, sustainable regions, environmental law and policy, and energy.

Key focus areas

Environmental Law, Policy, and Governance

Global Environmental Change

Urban Science and Data

Human Ecology

Sustainability Transitions and Development Pathways





Capacity Building

Climate Change, Urban Resilience and Urban Disaster Risk Reduction: IIHS has a significant and globally recognised body of work on climate change, adaptation and mitigation in urban and semi-urban areas. UPP develops and delivers the insights from this research and practice into customised courses and workshops for multi-lateral agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as for municipal and state level officials from the disaster management agencies.


Urban Planning & Sustainability: Planning and sustainability are cross-cutting themes across UPP courses and workshops, which underline the need for integration between economic, environmental and social planning and development. This approach to planning and sustainability is included in capacity building interventions for the leadership, such as at LBSNAA as well as in seminars on the development and management of cantonments with the Indian Army.