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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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Summer Study on Energy Productivity

It’s back! We are delighted to announce the 2016 Australian Summer Study on Energy Productivity will be held in Sydney from 24 to 26 February 2016.
The Institute is known nationally and internationally for research that supports cost-effective, sustainable and adaptive water cycle management solutions. This expertise has been recognised with the election of Prof. Stuart White to the International Water Association's Strategic Council and the selection of Joanne Chong as an inaugural member of the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) Committee.
The Sydney Basin is changing rapidly: with 1.6 million new residents expected by 2035, rising land prices and a changing climate, the future of Sydney’s food production is uncertain. ISF and Wollondilly Shire Council recently hosted a workshop with key Sydney stakeholders in peri-urban agriculture to share and explore preliminary geospatial scenario results of the Mapping Sydney’s Potential Foodsheds project, and to discuss challenges and priorities for sustaining peri-urban agriculture.
Research is underway to update and improve an online guide that helps consumers make informed choices about which Australian electricity retailers are the greenest. The Green Electricity Guide was developed by The Total Environment Centre (TEC) and Greenpeace Australia Pacific (GPAP) to inform consumers about the green credentials of electricity retailers available to them.
A recent two day workshop to teach the creative problem solving technique of design thinking led to a number of interesting insights into the problem of housing affordability. The ICI Lab, run by UTS Innovation and Creative Intelligence, focused on what it means to build resilience, in our cities, our communities and in individuals.

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