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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.
An online guide that helps environmentally aware consumers make informed choices about which Australian electricity retailer to choose was launched this month. Institute researchers helped to update The Green Electricity Guide which ranks the environmental performance of all retailers selling electricity to Australian households.
With an average elevation of less than two metres above sea level, the small Pacific nation of Kiribati is one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Most people in Kiribati rely on precious groundwater for drinking, bathing, cooking and their livelihood. However the wells that supply water for these needs are increasingly affected by saltwater intrusion.
We were thrilled to see so many of our friends and colleagues recognized by the NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards. The Sustainability Champion award, given posthumously, acknowledged the tireless and passionate work of Dr Chris Reardon, who graduated from our postgraduate program and worked closely with ISF and Building Designers Australia.
An interesting number of different social enterprise and other novel business models are successfully delivering water and sanitation services in some of the countries where ISF has been working recently. Juliet Willetts has used a research fellowship at UNRISD to explore the role of the social and solidarity economy in reducing inequalities in access to water and sanitation services.

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t: + 61 2 9514 4950
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