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Institute for Sustainable Futures

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) is a university research institute that creates change towards sustainable futures by conducting independent project based research for Australian and international clients.

There are several ways we can work together with you to create change towards sustainable futures.

We draw on a range of methods and tools from different disciplines, creating practical solutions to real world problems. Our research spans ten broad research areas and we have been involved in several large groundbreaking research projects.

The Institute supports PhD and Masters postgraduate study by research that addresses complex societal problems and the challenges of creating change towards a sustainable future.

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Major projects

We have led many groundbreaking and high-profile research projects in collaboration with governments, businesses and communities seeking to create change towards sustainable futures.
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World Resources Forum

Join us in Sydney for the inaugural World Resources Forum Asia-Pacific on 1-2 June 2015 and be part of conquering the waste challenge through productivity and innovation.
Johannes Behrisch graduated from UTS with a PhD in Sustainable Futures this month. His PhD explores the role of industrial design consultancies in supporting the incorporation of ecological principles into commercial product development processes. He found an industrial design perspective can expand the traditional notion of ecodesign
The concept of the circular economy is receiving great interest in business, political and environmental circles. So what is the circular economy and why should Australians care about it? Circular economy thinking is re-energising and re-imagining the traditional practices of reuse, repair and recycling by promoting new design and whole-system thinking to capture new value and grow new markets that impact the entire economy.
Food waste is a complex environmental, social and economic problem. 300,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year in Sydney alone. Researchers and lecturers from ISF and the UTS Business School have published three teaching toolkits to introduce food sustainability into the higher education curriculum and get the idea of not wasting food front-and-centre for students.
This month Dr Dena Fam and Katie Ross travelled to two remote indigenous Alaskan communities as part of an international team competing in a challenge set by the Alaskan Government to design low-tech, low-cost water and sanitation systems.

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