Thematic structure

Our researchers are gathered into four thematic teams that tackle overarching issues like climate change, energy systems, vulnerability and governance, as well as specific problems such as water resources and air pollution. Our work on energy scenarios, sustainability modelling and vulnerability assessments has gained particular recognition.

Reducing climate risk

Emissions of greenhouse gases are built into our economic systems. Our research shows the benefits of a low carbon future and describes how we get there through mitigating and adapting to climate change.


Managing environmental systems

Growing populations, rapid urbanisation and increased consumption put unprecedented pressure on land, water and air resources. We show how to manage these resources together to protect food security, human health and biodiversity.

Transforming governance

Rapid social and environmental change threatens successful poverty alleviation. Unsustainable resource use traps communities in poverty. We're working to identify ways that vulnerable communities can build sustainable livelihoods.

Rethinking development

The global economy has brought welfare and prosperity to the world. But it has also depleted natural resources and vital ecosystem services. We set out alternatives for a sustainable future, from the planetary scale down to local, on-the-ground solutions.