The Environmental Science and Design Research Institute (ESDRI) is dedicated to research and investigations within natural, human, and built systems.  

A main aim of ESDRI is to consider the inextricable relationship between human, built, and natural systems, as we develop innovative knowledge, products, and solutions to address local, regional, and global issues.  The institute supports undergraduates -- academically and financially -- in hopes of mentoring a new generation of scholars. 

ESDRI provides opportunities for faculty that aid in advancing their research, establishing multidisciplinary collaborations, and procuring extramural funding.  The institute engages a broad range of talented scientists, designers, and practitioners, spanning many academic disciplines, fields, and programs.  The institute proudly hosts an annual symposium, with an ever-evolving theme, which many of our partners, faculty, and students attend.
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Colleges represented within ESDRI include:

  • College of Aeronautics and Engineering
  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • College of the Arts
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Communication and Information
  • College of Education, Health and Human Services
  • College of Nursing

In this era of human influence, designers and researchers within ESDRI seek to understand and leverage the interacting geological, biological, human, economical, and social systems that impact and regulate the availability of resources (e.g. pure water, clean air, and food), sustain diversity of life on Earth, and promote well-being. 

Environmental Science and Design Research Institute acknowledges that it, and Kent State University, is located on lands previously occupied by people of the Delaware, Erie, Kaskaskia, Miami, Ottawa, Seneca-Cayuga, Shawnee, and Wyandot tribes. We pay respect to their past, present, and future.

Over 60 world-class faculty from diverse backgrounds
$100,000+ awarded for start-up research projects
Collaborating across 7 colleges and 6 KSU campuses