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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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

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Shilpi Srivastava

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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People and Environment in Africa

The relationship between people and environment in Africa is often misunderstood and distorted. African people are frequently seen as victims of the environment and prime movers in the progressive exhaustion and degradation of environmental resources. This book adopts a thematic and regional...

1 January 1995


New Thinking on Gender and Environment

The need to build women's interests into policy making on the environment is widely accepted and many environment projects have made attempts to involve women. But up to now the approach has been too narrow. As a result, women have gained little, and in some cases have become worse off.

1 January 1995

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