Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) is accelerating solutions to the most complex climate and sustainability challenges of our time through interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Empowering people, driving solutions

Today’s problems are complex and interconnected, and so are the solutions. Addressing the 21st century’s most pressing climate and sustainability challenges requires new levels of collaboration and action across disciplines, sectors, and scales of impact. 

Through solutions-focused research and education enabled by deep partnerships across Brown and beyond, IBES aims to be an engine of real-world impact and a training ground for the next generation of changemakers building a just, sustainable world.  

Grounded in a culture that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, nimble innovation, public engagement, and equitable outcomes, we seek to bolster knowledge-to-action pathways in Providence, across the nation, and around the world.

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Meet Dr. Jada Ko, a new of new Voss Postdoctoral Researcher at IBES! Originally from Hong Kong, Ko is a zooarchaeologist working with Assistant Professor Brian Lander to reconstruct historical narratives about turtles and their relationships to people. Read this Q&A to learn more about Ko's work and what she looks forward to at Brown.
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The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society is pleased to welcome affiliates representing over 20 different departments, schools, and centers across the University.
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Each year, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) offers funded internship, research, and training opportunities for undergraduates of all concentrations interested in climate, sustainability, and the environment. Explore the IBES Summer Internship Program and Voss Fellowships below, and submit your applications by March 2, 2024.
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Looking at the science behind proposed solutions to environmental challenges, to help listeners cut through the noise and make choices that, possibly, will make a difference.

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What We Do

Climate change and flooding, pathogens and poverty, conflict and extinction – these threats know no borders. Our fragile planet and its vulnerable peoples are at risk. This time of unprecedented challenge requires bold solutions and innovative thinking.
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Brown students change the world. IBES helps them save the planet.
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Sustaining life on Earth requires change in the way we power our campuses and cities, how we incentivize reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and how we grow and distribute our food.
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Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES)
Brown University
Box 1951
85 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02912

Phone: 401-863-3449
Fax: 401-863-3839