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Our approach to Global Sustainable Development research

We produce and co-produce knowledge that crosses boundaries and extends our understanding human-environment relationships and sustainable development. Our integrated approach addresses environmental sustainability and human development through the analysis of human-environment interactions, transcending boundaries between science, humanities, and social sciences. We develop world-leading research expertise with a critical and constructive engagement with sustainable development frameworks (e.g. Agenda 2030, UN SDGs); quantitative and qualitative methods for the analysis and visualisation of sustainable development geospatial data; and transdisciplinary methods for co-producing research whilst empowering local stakeholders and communities.

Our approach to Global Sustainable Development research is to cultivate transdisciplinary research on transformations to human-environment interactions.


For us, transdisciplinary means crossing the disciplinary boundaries of academia and reaching out to co-create research with non-academic stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally.

We believe that there is a need to investigate transformative change from a number of perspectives (social change, environmental and natural systems, cultural values, power structures, epistemic practices, etc.). Our transdisciplinary approach also enables us to ensure that our research is grounded in real-world contexts and challenges, and to have dialogues that transcend the borders of science, humanities, social sciences and in co-production with non-academic stakeholders.