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Sustainability

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.

People

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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

Projects

Project

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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Opinion

Why embracing uncertainty could help us to face the future

If the first few weeks of 2020 are anything to go by, this year looks set to be a turbulent one. Wildfires in Australia have caused devastation. Indonesia is shocked by severe flooding in its capital. The latest chapter in conflict in the Middle East threatens to escalate, but nobody knows what...

21 January 2020

Journal Article

Principles for Knowledge Co-production in Sustainability Research

Nature Sustainability

Research practice, funding agencies and global science organisations suggest that research aimed at addressing sustainability challenges is most effective when ‘co-produced’ by academics and non-academics. Co-production promises to address the complex nature of contemporary sustainability...

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Melissa Leach & 3 others

20 January 2020

News

Building successful social enterprises to tackle global challenges

Social enterprises are on the rise and have become a way for both companies and social entrepreneurs to proactively address real world problems by taking matters in to their own hands. In April, IDS alumnus Mamunur Rahman won the 2019 British Council Entrepreneurial Award for his innovation...

12 December 2019