Institute for Sustainability

Institute for Sustainability

The Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University coordinates research across multiple disciplines to deliver practical, engaged solutions to real-world issues in sustainability, under the banner 'Enough, for all, forever'. The Institute draws upon Newcastle University’s areas of established research excellence in energy, food, transport, water and earth systems engineering. Underpinning the Institute’s mission in the world is the concept of justice and governance. Newcastle University researchers lead sustainability research and engagement that supports the rights of all people to environmental benefits and safeguards communities from environmental burdens, including pollution and climate risks.

The Institute for Sustainability was set up to facilitate interdisciplinary research to tackle three global research challenges: Production and ResourcesConsumption and Waste and Integrated Infrastructure Systems. As ecological and economic demands for more efficient production and resource management increase, radical changes need to be made to how resources are sustained and/or distributed, managed, conserved and protected. This includes finding smart ways to reduce resource consumption, minimise wastes and lessen the effects of pollution on whole ecosystems. Through innovative research and demonstration of sustainable solutions, the Institute aims to develop ways to maximise production and reduce humans’ ecological footprint. In collaboration with its partners the Institute coordinates leading research that is helping to move the world towards infrastructures that integrate food, water, transport and energy to better serve the needs of society, and create positive interactions with the environment. For more information about the Institute for Sustainability’s research and projects visit its website.

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04 May 2018
Around the world, cities endeavour to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while adapting to the threats – and opportunities – presented by climate change. It’s no easy task, but the…
13 December 2017
Graham Long explores the preliminary findings of research on the role academics see for themselves in realising the SDGs. Universities, globally, have a unique…
21 March 2017
“To successfully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must swiftly move from commitments to action. To do that, we need strong, inclusive and integrated…
21 November 2016
Luca Panzone explores the uses of new tool for the study of retailing and consumption. There is increasing policy attention on the choices we make as consumers, particularly the…
21 July 2016
James (Jai) Syvitski and Brett Cherry argue that for scientists the Anthropocene has been a wakeup call. On this planet humans are radically changing the land, air and water.…
03 August 2015
Goal 15 requires the protection of the terrestrial environment by stopping the deterioration of biodiversity, using resources wisely and restoring ecosystems where needed. Goal 14…
21 July 2015
In the current proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals, Goal 10 states the aim to ‘reduce inequality within and among countries’.  For many (good) reasons…
16 June 2015
Goal 6 is on ensuring ‘availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. This is in line with the notion that access to water is a human right…
04 June 2015
The world faces steep challenges in meeting current and future energy demands with low-carbon energy sources. To attain Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals: ‘ensure…
26 May 2015
Millions of adults who live in low-income urban areas regularly fall short of the calorie requirement recommended for a healthy life. The relationship between low income housing…
14 May 2015
The search is underway for the right indicators to accompany the goals and targets of the SDGs. This is, on paper, a ‘technical process’ conducted by experts. This…