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Edinburgh Earth Initiative (EEI)

The Edinburgh Earth Initiative is the University of Edinburgh's response to the climate crisis.

Drawing on strengths from across the University and working with global partners, EEI will deliver ambitious solutions for a future that effectively manages and mitigates the effects of climate change.

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EEI is the focal point for the University of Edinburgh’s world-leading teaching and research on climate, with an emphasis on supporting projects to deliver climate solutions, both locally and globally.

Drawing on the University’s expertise, the initiative will focus on four key climate change challenges: the future of energy; sustainable lands and seas; health in a warmer world; and socially just transitions.

EEI will also offer scholarship opportunities for students from communities most at risk from climate change, to better investigate ways to combat its effects.

EEI's core team are based at the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute.

Core themes

Sustainable lands and seas 

How do we feed the world’s population and ensure clean water and air for all whilst preserving and restoring diverse and healthy ecosystems?

Health in a warming world

How do we respond to the links between the environment and human health and wellbeing in the face of unprecedented climate change?

The future of energy

How do we transition to an affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy supply for everyone on the planet?

Just transitions

How do we support the differing needs of communities from Edinburgh to Ethiopia in transitioning to a more sustainable future in an equitable and prosperous way?


Global partners

EEI will build on and extend the University of Edinburgh's local and global partnerships, working with those who share ECCI's vision and who bring new capacity and capability to deliver positive change.

Research for impact

EEI will work with University of Edinburgh's partners and diverse stakeholders to ensure the best research and education are focused on supporting context-appropriate solutions.


University of Edinburgh students will be an integral part of the solution, working in diverse teams to address real world problems, gaining perspectives and skills to equip them as future change-makers.