The climate emergency is the greatest challenge facing humanity. Transitions to a low carbon society and the restoration of the natural world are urgent and overdue. The Sustainable Futures cluster explores the implications and experiences of these transitions from social, economic, socio-technical and policy perspectives and from the perspectives of citizens and stakeholders.
We are particularly concerned with how transitions play out in the energy and transport sectors, within urban environments and we use robust research evidence to promote just transitions and a focus on hard-to-reach groups across these domains.
We contribute to these agendas nationally and internationally and are currently engaged in the delivery of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation in the following areas, funded by regulated funders and contract research commissions for governmental and non-governmental policy and practice organisations
fuel poverty research
the governance and fairness of energy and environmental transitions and citizen engagement
hard to reach energy users
sustainable transport and active travel
urban nature and green spaces
valuation of environmental benefits
evaluation of environmental policies and initiatives