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The Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change (EUC)

Changemakers for a Just and Sustainable Future

York University’s new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change has been created as a call to action to respond to the most pressing challenges facing people and the planet. 

As a community, we believe that making positive change requires bold and diverse thinking, ambitious action, and community engagement. We are research intensive, student centric, inclusive and devoted to making the world a better place for all.

Join us as we strive to create a more just and sustainable future!

Why Study with Environmental & Urban Change at York University?

We are focused on ensuring our students receive a high quality education in our programs, providing knowledge, skills and training to support their future endeavors. We offer students a unique learning experience a supportive and inclusive learning environment that is focused on bringing hands-on experiences and opportunities to interact with employers and community partners into all of our courses.

As the smallest Faculty in the 4th largest University in Canada, we offer exclusive career development services, financial assistance & scholarships and one-on-one advising for all EUC students. 


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Our Programs

We empower, educate and train future changemakers through innovative and hands-on programs for graduate and undergraduate study. Our new programs will empower students with fundamental knowledge, critical thinking skills, hands-on experience, and global perspective to become problem solvers, policymakers, planners, and leaders. 


Our People

We bring together world class scientists and scholars who are producing research on the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, intensive urbanization and how these dynamics impact the most vulnerable among us. Our professional and supportive administrative staff offer students, alumni and community partners unique and dynamic opportunities to learn and to collaborate for positive change.


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EUC Impact Report 2022-2023

We are proud to share with you our inaugural EUC IMPACT REPORT that demonstrates the substantive and meaningful impact we have achieved in our first three years. We are empowering change through our academic programs, research excellence, and engagement activities.


YES! We have Co-op: Launching Fall 2024

To enrich the academic experience and cultivate meaningful real-world connections, the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) at York University is pleased to announce the launch of its Co-op Program, open for enrollment commencing in the Fall of 2024.

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The passing of Professor Emeritus Robert Murdie (May 8, 1939 - March 11, 2024)

The EUC community mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Murdie.  Bob spent his almost his entire career with the Department of Geography at York, and was a leading figure in Canadian urban and social geography, focusing especially on

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Bald eagles seen nesting in Toronto for first time in city’s recorded history

Presence of birds proof of improving health of city’s green spaces, as they are highly sensitive to environmental disturbances Few things delight residents of Toronto more than unexpected animals in unexpected places. When a family of foxes took up residence beneath a

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Investigating the unconscious in the politics of development

Ilan Kapoor Ilan Kapoor has a new co-authored book on Rethinking Development Politics (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024) with Gavin Fridell, Professor of Global Development Studies at Saint Mary's University, reassessing the politics of development psychoanalytically and investigating its unconscious. EUC

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Minding Sanctuary: Potential for multispecies justice through care-full wildlife tourism

Siobhan Speiran by Siobhan Speiran, Ph.D. As a wild animal geographer and welfare scholar, I am thrilled to find an academic home amongst the vibrant EUC community as a postdoctoral visitor. I continue collaborating with Professor Alice Hovorka (my Ph.D.

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Telling the stories of climate, farm distress, inequality and justice

Sainath talks about climate, farm distress, inequality and justice at EUC. From March 4-8 renowned journalist and author P Sainath visited EUC for a week as a scholar-in-residence. He delivered a Climate Seminar about climate, farm distress, inequality and justice

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Alumni Spotlights

Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes Region