Our research explores and proposes solutions for a fairer and more sustainable world, engaging a wide range of stakeholders with complex sustainability issues.

Research partnerships need systems thinking

To really engage with sustainability it is often necessary to place the problem area under consideration in the ‘big picture’.

Putting things in the systemic context helps find rich and complementary answers – ways forward that add up to more than the sum of the parts.

The Institute is an experienced research organisation and partner. We bring a unique range of systems understanding and interdisciplinary creativity and awareness.

We are experts in opening up research questions in order to enrich the field of solutions. 

We have expertise in interdisciplinary systems methodology across the range from cultural change, to changing social structures and norms, to production methods and to biophysical nature including ecosystems and climatic systems. 

The Institute is ready to talk to you about your research project and to see how we might be able to help. We can guarantee that including systems from the start of any project will pay dividends – retro-fitting these essential aspects half-way through is always costly and sub-optimal. Get in touch now to find out how we can help your project!

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Making Finance Sustainable

Global finance has been a big part of the problem in creating a more socially just and sustainable world, so it also has the potential to be…

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Research papers available

Our latest set of papers from our fellow, interns and volunteers are now published here. A good example is an essay on the German energy transition and…

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Potential use of planetary boundary thinking in the UK

The planetary boundary (PB) concept is based on a set of nine boundaries for critical processes that regulate the functioning of the earth’s ecosystems at a global…

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