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Connecting ideas, policies, people and action as a gateway to sustainable future

We are a community of top scholars from across the university, committed to delivering world-leading research around global sustainable development

Our vision: IGSD as a gateway to sustainable (GTS)

The IGSD was launched in 2019, aiming to be at the forefront of knowledge creation that enables transformation towards a more sustainable, prosperous, healthier and just world for all, becoming the hub of excellence on sustainability research at Warwick. In 2022, under the new Director Professor Elena Korosteleva, the IGSD sets to become the gateway to research on global sustainable development at Warwick. It is also seen as a vehicle for shaping the Research pillar of the University’s new Sustainability Strategy, along with its other components - Education, Operations, and Engagement. In addition, the IGSD aims to grow its own cutting-edge research to be recognised nationally and internationally for excellence in its transformative research.

Our mission

To enhance Warwick’s leadership in transdisciplinary research on global sustainable development.

Our Strategy

To implement its vision, IGSD will pursue a three-pillar approach:

  1. It will grow and consolidate its thematic portfolios of cutting-edge research on:
    • depleting bio-diversity and environmental governance in the Anthropocene;
    • resilience as a multi-species community of relations in facing global challenges, and
    • complex eco-systems and climate change, with water being a central theme.
  1. It will become a gateway to sustainable by contributing to the Warwick's Way to Sustainable through research and practice, supported by large-scale funding bids.
  2. It will champion, and be recognised for its leadership in global sustainable development, nationally and globally, working with our strategic Partner-HEIs towards developing a Sustainability Excellence Framework, with a transparent and accessible accreditation scheme in the future.

Through our research we tackle the following SDGs

Our Goals

We envisage :

  • Launch and contribute to the implementation of Warwick's Sustainability Strategy
  • Shape research pillar and research culture of sustainable development at Warwick
  • Visualise and engaging with the sustainability research networks across and beyond Warwick
  • Organise an Annual Sustainability Conference (ASC) for scholarly exchange on the thematic challenges to global sustainable development
  • Launch and grow an ECR Sustainability Training School (ECR STS) at Warwick and its strategic partners such as EUTOPIA, GUILD, Toronto and Monash.
  • Develop large-scale funding bids, leveraging Warwick’s diverse range of sustainable development scholars
  • Grow policy impact (SPIF) on sustainable development, locally and internationally, linking community-based co-production of knowledge with the decision-making world.

Our activity

  • We will deliver large-scale research programmes, leverage interdisciplinary expertise and working in partnership with transdisciplinary, non-academic connections across the globe.
  • We will bring researchers to Warwick to explore together new funding opportunities and to think about the connections between disciplines.
  • We will launch a Transdisciplinary ECR Sustainability Training School (ECR STS) to develop transdisciplinary sustainability research skills, community, and policy impact.
  • We will support researchers at Warwick by fostering an Internal Sustainability Network (ISN) to articulate the change they expect to see in their research, by using approaches such as Theory of Change, and this will include the development of thinking around more effective engagement with policy frameworks such as the UN SDGs.
  • We will seek to attract global talent through schemes such as global professorships.