Our interdisciplinary research explores how pathways to sustainability, green transformations and equitable access to resources such as land, water and food can be achieved and help us meet the environmental as well as human development-related goals of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Our work builds on a long tradition of critical social science engagement with environmental issues and resource politics in collaboration with partners globally. It explores how pathways to sustainability are shaped by political-economic and social processes, and understands how they are driven by technology, markets, states and citizens.  Our research sheds new light on how we can achieve green transformations that move us from fossil fuel to renewable energy, from throw-away to circular economies. It addresses the politics of sustainability, and understands how transformations occur at local levels as well as global, in both rural and urban settings, and be led by citizens as well as national governments. In doing so, it shines a light on how sustainable resource use, consumption and production is shaped by issues such as gender, livelihoods and politics.


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Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

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Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

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Patrick Schröder

Research Fellow

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Amber Huff

Research Fellow

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Jeremy Allouche

Research Fellow

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Lars Otto Naess

Research Fellow

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Wei Shen

Research Fellow

Programmes and centres



System Change Hive

The System Change HIVE will explore and communicate visions of better lives to inform public thinking and work towards fairer systems that safeguard life-support systems and prioritise well-being and justice.

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Journal Article

Gender Relations and Environmental Change


This IDS Bulletin moves beyond to emphasize the application of gender analysis to environmental relations: seeing women as differentiated and in relation to men; and paying attention to the links between gender relations with environmental activities, responsibilities and rights.

1 January 1995

Journal Article

Environmental Change, Development Challenges


The late 1980s saw a phenomenal growth of international concern over the global environment. It has begun to influence politics both in industrially advanced countries and in the newly democratising countries of Eastern Europe.

1 October 1991

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Food Security and the Environment


There is an obvious connection between poor people's food security and the preservation of the environment in which they live. Yet there is little consensus about the nature of this relationship. Unless their interactions are better understood, there is a danger that policies for environmental...

1 July 1991