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Stanford faculty are the foundation of our research community. The institute's 83 faculty fellows and 186 affiliated faculty represent all seven schools on campus. We create opportunities for these scholars – as well as their students, postdoctoral scholars and research staff – to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate in an innovative and supportive atmosphere.

We support their research by leveraging Stanford funding for maximum impact, helping projects compete for outside funding, and connecting ideas to action through communications as well as external policy engagement. In this way, we have supported researchers from multiple disciplines as they join forces to study and surmount roadblocks to global sustainability.

Affiliated Faculty

We invite Stanford faculty interested in playing an active role in the interdisciplinary environmental community to consider two-year terms as Affiliated Faculty. 

Affiliated faculty are eligible to actively participate in institute-sponsored research and events in numerous ways, including: submitting Environmental Venture Project (EVP) and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) funding proposals; engaging with other research initiatives, programs or centers supported by the Stanford Woods Institute; attending Environmental Forums or other seminars and workshops supported by the institute; participating in committees and participating in institute-supported educational programs. 

For more information or to become affiliated, contact Director of Administration Patti Hines at (650) 736-2357 or

Forums, Dialogues and Workshops

Stanford faculty and other researchers can help link discoveries to action by attending, organizing and speaking at forums, dialogues and workshops hosted by the Stanford Woods Institute throughout the year. 

Through its Uncommon Dialogues and workshops the Stanford Woods Institute brings together leaders from government, NGOs and business with experts from Stanford and other academic institutions to develop practical solutions to pressing environmental challenges. These moderated conversations equip leaders to make informed decisions for a sustainable future while creating a two-way flow of information that brings new perspectives and context to Stanford's environmental research. 

Faculty also can share recent findings and engage colleagues from a broad range of disciplines when they attend and serving as guest speakers for the Environmental Forum. These informal, interdisciplinary colloquia inform the Stanford community about a broad range of environmental issues and solutions through presentations and discussion by global experts from within Stanford and other leading academic institutions, government, NGO and business. The forum is open to Stanford faculty, graduates, students, postdocs and staff.

For more information about attending, organizing or speaking at Woods Environmental Forums, Uncommon Dialogues or Workshops, contact Program Director Brian Sharbono at (650) 721-2916 or email: