Welcome to IPEES

The University of California, Santa Barbara offers an Interdepartmental PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society. Doctoral students from over fifteen departments may add the emphasis to the PhD in their home department. The goal of the PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society is to provide UCSB doctoral students training and mentorship in interdisciplinary environmental studies and sciences beyond the scope of their normal degree programs. Students who meet the requirements of the PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society will graduate with a PhD from their home department, along with wording on their transcript stating they have earned an Emphasis in Environment and Society.

Through the emphasis, students also join the growing network of scholars at UCSB, whose research focuses at the intersection of environment and society. Enrolling in the emphasis will connect graduate students to their peers in other departments and to a diverse group of participating faculty.

For questions about the PhD Emphasis in Environment and Society or to join our mailing list, please contact Martin Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, at martin_rodriguez@ucsb.edu.


IPEES is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2020-2021 academic year.

IPEES Core Seminar (ENV S 200) Wednesdays from 1:00-4:00 this winter quarter.

The Schmidt Family Foundation, in partnership with the UCSB Graduate Division, is once again generously funding three types of awards and fellowships...