About us

The Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol carries out fundamental and responsive research on risks and uncertainty in a changing environment. 

Our interests include climate change, natural hazards, food and energy security, resilience and governance, and human impacts on the environment.

Our research fuses rigorous statistical and numerical modelling with a deep understanding of interconnected social, environmental and engineered systems – past, present and future.

We seek to engage wider society by listening to, exploring with, and challenging our stakeholders to develop a shared response to 21st Century challenges.

Why Cabot?

CompassJohn Cabot (Zuan Caboto) was an Italian-born explorer who, in attempting to find a direct route to Asia, became the first early modern European to discover North America.

Cabot is thought to have been born in Genoa, from a Venetian family.  In around 1495 he moved to England, settling in the port of Bristol.

In May 1497, with the support of the English king Henry VII, Cabot sailed west from Bristol on the Matthew in the hope of finding new lands and an alternative route to Asia.  On 24 June, he sighted land and called it New-found-land.

This spirit of exploration is at the heart of the Cabot Institute.