A Global Network of Observatories

Humanities for the Environment (HfE) is a global organization of observatories working together to mobilize the arts and humanities. Our goal is to address social and environmental challenges in civil society and academic life.

Global Observatories
Global Projects
Global Affiliates
Global Partners

Networks & Collaborations

Each observatory networks universities, community organizations and a range of local and regional partners to forge new collaborations among humanists, artists, scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and engineers in the public and private sectors.

Food Futures

The future of our food production, consumption, and distribution.


UNESCO Management of Social Transformations Programme.

Through the Portal of COVID-19

Visioning the Environmental Humanities as a Community of Purpose.

Global Observatories

Each observatory is organized organically according to its own strengths, priorities and endemic communities of purpose, as well as in response to the particular challenges facing the region it represents.

Building Partnerships in the Humanities​

Our observatories have established a number of important humanities-led partnerships with international organizations, universities and institutes promoting social and environmental justice, sustainable global and regional transformations, and research and action to deliver the SDGs.

Together they provide cross-regional platforms for sharing knowledge, understanding and vital new approaches to building a just and sustainable world.

Latest Insights

Explore the latest articles, announcements and more from our observatories.

Is Another Mass Extinction Upon Us? Diving Into A New Era

“Mass extinction” has an intimidating sound to it. What does it entail, and is it…

Climbing Vines: Exploring the Environmental Humanities

The ivory tower is a metaphorical place that suggests scholars are too high above everyone…

Pondering the Pacific: Passage to Pongso no Tao

In early May, we took a short trip to Pongso no Tao (Lanyu) as part…
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