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 Bea Gilbert at with your ideas.

Latest Journals

  • The continuing energy crisis, in the midst of an ongoing fight against climate change and movement towards renewable power, has brought the importance of energy systems into sharp relief. As scientists and the public grapple with how to transform our dependent relationship with energy, many complex and competing factors must be navigated, from public opinion and social wellbeing to economic development and net zero commitments.

    In this edition of environmental SCIENTIST, the IES brings together key voices from multiple academic and professional fields to examine both the progress made and the challenges yet to overcome.

  • By understanding risk, we can see potential futures and pathways for the society and economy we want to create for future generations. As the global community makes decisions about which approach to take to the interconnected issues of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental pollution, we must grapple with many of these concepts lest we cross thresholds from which we cannot return.

    This edition of environmental SCIENTIST unites interdisciplinary voices to share understandings of risk, revealing how its consideration is also increasingly crucial beyond the scientific community.

    If you are an education provider, our learning resources provide information for informal, seminar-style discussions of the topics explored in each issue of the journal. Download the learning resource (docx) for this issue.

  • The case for ecological restoration goes way beyond reasons of biodiversity recovery for the sake of biodiversity alone; it is also fundamental for our health, wellbeing and economy, and tackling climate change. Inspired and guest-edited by the Restoring Resilient Ecosystems project, this edition of environmental SCIENTIST brings together scientists, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss our approaches to ecological restoration and address the need for securing ecological complexity and connectivity to establish ecosystems and landscapes that are well-functioning and resilient under ongoing environmental change.

    If you are an education provider, our learning resources provide information for informal, seminar-style discussions of the topics explored in each issue of the journal. Download the learning resource (docx) for this issue.

  • 1972 represents a watershed moment in human history, with recognition that our activities were not only impacting ecosystems but also feeding back directly into human wellbeing and future prospects. This pivotal year saw several key events that brought the environment into the public and political consciousness for the first time, and was also the founding year of the IES. Half a century on from the events of 1972, this issue of environmental SCIENTIST looks back at 50 years of environmental science and explores how both the environmental sector and the IES have evolved in this time, as well as looking ahead to the next 50 years.

  • In the UK, transport became the largest sectoral emitter of greenhouse gases in 2016, growing to account for 27 per cent of national emissions by 2019. This edition of the journal examines the need for and some of the components of a sustainable and decarbonised transport future and how they may work together. Read about vehicle and fuel options, the opportunities presented by 15-minute cities, how we can enable sustainable consumer behaviour change, air quality and health co-benefits of sustainable transport, a case study of the Solent future transport zone, and more.

Forthcoming journals

Theme Publication date Submission deadline
Land condition Jun 2023 Mid-Apr 2023
Environmental justice Sep 2023 Mid-Jul 2023
Water Dec 2023 Mid-Oct 2023
Britain's natural assets Mar 2024 Mid-Jan 2024

Submission FAQs

Who to contact

Bea Gilbert

Publications Officer