Centre for Environmental Studies

The Centre for Environmental Studies (CES) was an environmental think-tank in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1967 by the second Wilson government as an independent charitable trust for the purpose of advancing education and research in the planning and design of the physical environment. It began with $750,000 funding from the Ford Foundation and grants from the British government.[1]

The first director was A. H. Chilver, Professor of Civil Engineering in the University of London. The centre began to assess the needs for research in planning the environment for human living, and to consider how and where this research could most effectively be undertaken.

Funding for the centre was withdrawn by the Thatcher government in 1979.[2] The centre continued for some years as an independent body, closing in the 1980s.


  1. ^ "Centre for Environmental Studies". Hansard HC Deb 21 February 1967 vol 741 cc244-6W.
  2. ^ "Centre for Environmental Studies". Hansard HC Deb 25 October 1979 vol 972 cc287-8W.