EPL Institute Ranking

Environmental Policy Centers of Excellence

The journal Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is a global journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge scholarly works that have global significance. It provides a platform to facilitate an ideational understanding of international environmental policy, law, and institutional issues. 

The EPL team has drawn up a list that provides an overview of the top 50 Environmental Policy Centers of Excellence across the globe, created in conjunction with the publication program of EPL. Various criteria for selection were used in the calculation, as described below, and the current data is up to the end of 2021.

The purpose of this ranking is to provide an overview of those institutions most active in the domain of environmental policy and law.


This centers of excellence list has been created by considering those institutions most actively publishing in EPL, together with those institutions active in the domain on environmental law and environmental law. The criteria for selection include:

  • the quantity and quality of articles published in scholarly journals on environmental policy and on environmental law by authors affiliated with these institutions; and
  • the H-index factor of these institutions.

The data used to compile this ranking originates from: EPL publication data up to the end of 2021; analysis of the Scopus literature database; and analysis from ISI Web of Science database. Ranking of institutions is based on a weighted calculation of the various factors mentioned, including number of articles of the journal publications described and of the H-index quality measure.

Top 50 Environmental Policy Centers of Excellence (2021)

Rank Insitute Country
1 Pace University USA
2 The Australian National University Australia
3 University of California, Berkeley USA
4 Stanford University USA
5 The University of Edinburgh UK
6 Duke University USA
7 University of Cambridge UK
8 The University of Arizona USA
9 Harvard University USA
10 University of Washington USA
11 University of Montana USA
12 University of Oxford UK
13 Stockholm University Sweden
14 Yale University USA
15 Arizona State University USA
16 Wageningen University & Research NL
17 University of East Anglia UK
18 United States Environmental Protection Agency USA
19 Universiteit Utrecht NL
20 University College London UK
21 Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany
22 Universiteit Gent Belgium
23 Université McGill Canada
24 University of California, Davis USA
25 University of Tasmania Australia
26 KU Leuven Belgium
27 University of California, Irvine USA
28 The University of Sydney Australia
29 Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung Germany
30 Jawaharlal Nehru University India
31 North-West University South Africa
32 University of New England Australia Australia
33 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
34 Freie Universität Berlin Germany
35 Universitetet i Oslo Norway
36 Cornell University USA
37 University of Florida USA
38 University of Ottawa Canada
39 University of Birmingham UK
40 Imperial College London UK
41 Johns Hopkins University USA
42 University of Pennsylvania USA
43 Newcastle University UK
44 Universiteit van Amsterdam NL
45 Queen's University Belfast UK
46 IUCN Germany
47 Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho Brazil
48 University of Cologne Germany
49 Environmental Law Institute USA
50 University of Southampton UK

[Data compiled February 2022]