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Research Centers

PEI’s principle established interdisciplinary research centers include:

Climate Futures Initiative (CFI)

Climate Futures Initiative

Climate Futures Initiative explores normative and positive approaches to the future of humankind, especially as that future is affected by climate change. The initiative features a wide-ranging dialogue across disciplines and world regions, with considerable attention to ethics. The project includes economists, political scientists, philosophers, and environmental scientists.

Carbon Migitation Initiative (CMI)

Carbon Mitigation Initiative

The Carbon Mitigation Initiative is a 15-yearlong partnership among Princeton University and BP with the goal of finding solutions to the carbon and climate problem. The program involves over seventy faculty, research associates and graduate students from the sciences, engineering and policy fields. CMI’s research groups are aligned around projects in climate science, energy technology and carbon capture, carbon storage, and integration and policy.

Center for BioComplexity (CBC)

Center for BioComplexity

The Center for BioComplexity, is home to a variety of research efforts, ranging from the modeling of the dynamics of ecological systems to the investigation of strategies for dealing with management of ecological resources in the Global Commons. Its focus is the development of new mathematical and empirical approaches to complexity in biology, looking for both unification and uniqueness across levels of organization.

Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS)

Cooperative Institute for Climate Science

The Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS) is a collaboration between Princeton University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) to carry out basic research in the climate sciences. CICS provides expertise and performs research in the climate sciences including climate change and variability, and biogeochemical cycles.

Energy Systems Analysis Group

Energy Systems Analysis Group

Research activities of PEI's Energy Systems Analysis Group focus on identifying technologies and policies that could facilitate long-term solutions for major energy-related societal problems -- including global climate change, urban air pollution, energy-import dependence, the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation, and poverty in developing countries.

Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities at Princeton

The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHP) facilitates broad participation of faculty, research scholars, and students from the humanities disciplines in the study of environmental subjects. Resources and programming activities are diverse with opportunities for advancing research and teaching in the environmental humanities as well as support for fostering an inclusive dialogue that provides insights and new perspectives to the study of environmental topics.

Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges

The Grand Challenges Initiative is an integrated research and teaching program designed to promote student involvement and faculty research on complex global environmental issues with scientific, technical, public policy, and human dimensions. This multidisciplinary Program offers faculty, students, and researchers opportunities to tackle some of the world's most pressing environmental issues in the areas of climate and energy, water and the environment, sustainable development, and global health.

Social-Environmental Research Network (SEReNe)


Social-Environmental Research Network (SEReNe) was created for understanding how social and environmental processes are linked is critical to developing a sustainable relationship with the Earth. To mitigate climate change, put an end to poaching, and ensure natural-resource equity; all these problems require a detailed understanding of social, ecological, economic, and political processes.

Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling Program (SOCCOM)


Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modelling Program (SOCCOM) is an NSF-sponsored program focused on unlocking the mysteries of the Southern Ocean and determining its influence on climate. Housed at Princeton University, SOCCOM draws on the strengths of teams of investigators across the U.S. as well as participate in international observational and simulation efforts.