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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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Continuing Professional Development

The Institute is delivering a CPD course that will provide participants with a competency-based learning program in the development of Travel Plans for specific sites and precincts.
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Institute researchers have produced a number ground breaking publications that support communities, governments and businesses seeking to create change towards sustainable futures.
Following a successful program of sustainable transport continuing professional development shorts courses held last year, the Institute is offering two more short courses in 2014 for practitioners from any background wishing to broaden their skills in sustainable transport practice methods. These courses attract CPD points from professional bodies including PIA, CILTA, AIS, GBCA and AITPM and participants can join on-going discussion groups after course completion to further enhance their knowledge and skills.
Suzy Gaal joined the Institute as part time executive assistant to Prof. Cynthia Mitchell and Dr Carroll Graham in January 2014. Suzy has a cross media background having worked in music, film and television production. After having kids, she switched from production support to administrative support and worked at the ABC, SBS and an animation studio in that capacity. Suzy enjoys keeping people organised and making sure things run smoothly.
Increasing access to effective sanitation for the urban poor in developing countries is a significant challenge due to rapid urbanization and the increasing density of low-income urban and peri-urban areas. Whilst community scale decentralised sanitation service systems are recognized as a cost-effective way to meet this challenge, effective governance is critical to the long-term operational success of such systems.
In sustainability research, and related policymaking and management settings, decisions often have to be made in the face of limited knowledge. Good examples include: climate change adaptation, which typically involves acting in anticipation of projected and potential changes; adopting and evaluating emerging technologies; and policies addressing food security. Innovation processes are also fraught with uncertainty – particularly those involving discontinuous change.


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Institute for Sustainable Futures
University of Technology Sydney
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Broadway NSW 2007

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Latest projects

Research into the impact of global phosphorus scarcity on agriculture has been a recent focus for the Institute leading it to instigate the formation of the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative to facilitiate quality interdisciplinary research on this issue.

Wealth from Waste
A research collaboration cluster project that evaluates the capacity for Australia to widen its approach to mineral production to one that involves greater secondary production as a means of reducing the environmental, social and economic impacts of primary production, and increasing capacity to supply the region with minerals for a range of advanced manufacturing applications.

Intelligent Grid
ISF was Cluster Leader for this Australian collaboration between the CSIRO and five universities to investigate technologies and practices to make our electricity networks smart, greener and more efficient.

Latest publications

Kuruppu, N.Murta, J.Mukheibir, P.Chong, J. & Brennan, T. 2013, Understanding the adaptive capacity of Australian small-to-medium enterprises to climate change and variability, 1st, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast.

Moy, Giurco and Boyle. 2013. ‘Can smart meters create smart behaviour?’ in World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 79, 2013, p.714-721

Giurco. 2013. ‘A National Minerals Strategy: Making our own luck in the Asian Century’ in Australiasian Mining Review, Issue 8, p.16

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