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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.
After the worst year of drought on record, water storage for the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil is reaching critically low levels and government authorities are looking to Australian water experts for advice. Water supply for this city of over 20 million people is being pumped from dead storage. This is the term for water stored below the level of the lowest outlet in a dam.
Institute researchers are leading efforts to increase collaboration in the development sector and have been instrumental in securing funding for a network that promotes engagement between aid agencies and universities in order to strengthen the evidence base for development programming.
Digital technology is often seen as a barrier to independent outdoor play but PhD candidate Bronwyn Cumbo is investigating how digital tools could help motivate children to explore nature. Bronwyn has just received a prestigious Endeavour Scholarship which will allow her to spend six months in 2016 with the Children's Environment Research Group (CERG) at the City of New York University.
We are pleased to welcome Timothy Foster who will be working with ISF’s water and sanitation researchers as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2016. The overarching motivation for Timothy’s research is to improve access to safe and sustainable water supplies in developing countries.

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