The Environmental Scientist

As part of its commitment to promote environmental science and allow our members to learn about and disseminate the latest sector thinking, the IES produces four editions of its highly regarded journal environmental SCIENTIST each year. 

Each thematic issue examines a topic of pressing importance to environmental science from a variety of different angles; an expert in the relevant area often acts as guest editor, introducing the articles and providing a critical overview of the subject at hand. Articles are primarily written by our members, supplemented by contributions from experts and professionals working in the environmental field. 

The journal acts not just as way of keeping abreast with the sector, but is also a thoroughly interesting read.

If you are interested in contributing to a future edition of the journal, please get in touch with Danielle Kopecky at danielle@the-ies.org with your ideas.

Latest Journals

  • Environmental education can provide significant benefits above and beyond environmental knowledge. This edition of the environmental SCIENTIST examines opportunities for environmental education – from primary and secondary school to study at university or participation in environmental outreach activities – and the value of widespread environmental literacy to individuals, societies and in addressing global sustainability issues. Read about the role of young people in the environmental movement, career paths that can follow an environmental education, and how to educate for an environmentally resilient economy.

  • Recognition of feedback between human activities and our supportive ecosystems, in turn affecting human health, economic prospects, security and opportunity, has been well documented. In this edition of the environmental SCIENTIST, we explore the need for a new paradigm that places ecosystems and their processes at the centre of societal thinking, policy, fiscal systems and resource use habits, ultimately reconnecting society with its ecological roots. Read about how a systems approach could provide positive transformations for human health, water management, flood regulation, defence, nature conservation and many more areas.

  • Whilst the human cost of war is profound and undisputed, war’s environmental consequences have received far less attention, despite their potential for significant and long-term harm to human health and ecosystems. This edition of the environmental SCIENTIST examines the environmental dimensions of conflicts: how the environment can be affected by armed conflicts and military activities, and what can be done to increase its protection. Read about how citizen science could help to protect people and ecosystems, why deforestation rates can soar after the fighting has stopped, and the promise and perils of protected zones.

  • From plastic in rivers and oceans to the contribution to climate change, the issue of waste can no longer be confined to landfill. Despite growing awareness of the consequences of our use of resources and our wasteful habits, there are many problems still to be solved. This edition examines how circular economy theory can be embedded across sectors, how we might tackle plastic in oceans and rivers, and provides practical case studies of waste hierarchies in action. This is one journal that won't end up in the recycling bin, but will be passed around family and colleagues.

  • In this edition of the environmental SCIENTIST our authors explore what natural disasters mean to people and the changing frames in which we view them, as well as the multitude of approaches taken to respond to disasters worldwide. From fracking-induced tremors to the influence of different names on storm damage, drought management to volcanic ash plume tracking and why we should look no further than our own shores when categorising disasters.

Older journals

Forthcoming publications

Creating a sustainable future: the Decade of Ocean Science

Due to be published to members in March 2021

Indoor air quality

Due to be published to members in June 2021

Who to contact

Danielle Kopecky

Publications Officer

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