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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.
Community wash room in Indonesia

Making pathogens visible

Read our open-access paper about pathogen hazards from the largely un-noticed effluents discharged from wastewater treatment systems commonly used in Indonesia (and other developing countries.
The risks associated with waste fires in Australia including their cause, location and rate of incidence as well as their impact on society, the environment and the economy were the subject of recent ISF research.
Interactive maps that show the most valuable locations to invest in renewable energy, battery storage and demand management in the Australian electricity grid were launched at the recent Clean Energy Summit.
A market-based approach and working with the private sector is needed to increase the local supply and availability of latrines in rural areas, to ensure the durability of latrines, and also to meet people’s aspirations.
A high level of interest in an event featuring two start-ups who are transforming Australia’s energy market is an encouraging sign for EnergyLab a new incubator and accelerator for clean energy start-ups.

Creating change towards sustainable futures

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Researchers & professional staff
Postgraduate researchers
Adjuncts and associates

Contact us

t: + 61 2 9514 4950
e: isf@uts.edu.au

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UTS Building 10
235 Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

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