The Institute's research is principally undertaken through six interdisciplinary programmes
- Transitions and adaptations in selected city-rural regions
What do sustainable communities look like and how can they be developed? This programme will produce new models for the development of cities and their regions to enable more sustainable neighbourhoods to be created.
- Security, risk and resilient places
The programme will explore innovative ways to deal with the major environmental challenges, such as rising sea-levels and severe weather, which will impact on cities and regions in the 21st century.
- Resilience and adaptation in coupled physical, ecological and social systems
Combining social science and natural science expertise, this programme will develop new approaches to governance for sustainable places and communities.
- Health and connected communities
This programme will explore the implications for health and well-being in low-carbon, low-growth societies to promote thriving, resilient communities in the future.
- Adaptive governance for social and ecological transitions
Exploring examples around the world and close to home, this programme will seek to identify how best to apply adaptive governance for sustainable communities.
- Adaptations around mobilities, flows and migration
This programme will examine the flows – of people, resources, water, goods and more – which occur between places, in order to understand the implications for sustainability.