Sustainable Places Research Institute
The Sustainable Places Research Institute is a meeting place for world-leading sustainability science, focussed on exploring innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.
Spanning a wide-range of academic disciplines, the Research Institutes vision is to provide a new basis for sustainability science, to push the boundaries of traditional sustainability research and find solutions to the challenges of diminishing resources and climate change.
Using new scientific approaches the Research Institute studies the complex and dynamic interrelations between ecology, society and economy. By studying these interactions at local, national and international levels, the Institute is at the centre of global debates, drawing on existing expertise in the scientific fields of planning and applied social and psychological sciences, business and law, biological and earth sciences, engineering, architecture and health.
One of the areas explicitly addressed by the Research Institute is how cities and their regions - which are all developing under different combinations of market and governance arrangements - can adapt and be guided towards more sustainable spatial strategies. As a new scientific 'meeting place', the Research Institute will provide an improved understanding of the complexity, transitions, adaptations and resiliencies required in the design, re-design and planning of places.