Institute for Sustainability

About Us

About Us

Practical, engaged, integrated solutions for sustainability

Established in 2008, the Institute for Sustainability coordinates research across traditional discipline boundaries to deliver practical, engaged solutions to real-world issues, under the banner of 'Enough, for all, forever'. It is the community of sustainability researchers and academics across all three faculties (Science Agriculture and Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences and Medical Sciences) of Newcastle University. 

As a civic university with a global reputation for academic excellence, we are committed to solving the great challenges of our age.

Sustainability is one of three societal challenge themes on which the University marshals a significant proportion of its research power, as part of our commitment to excellence with impact.

We draw upon our areas of established research excellence and the experience of collaborating partners to make an internationally-leading contribution to three global research challenges in the field of sustainability:

  • Transform methods used to design and implement integrated infrastructure systems such that they better serve the needs of society, and ensure positive interactions with the environment.
  • Through research, innovation and development of solutions, drive forward practical step changes in production and process efficiencies, such that the natural environment and its resources are safeguarded.
  • Identify and demonstrate techniques that account for social and technical factors to radically reduce resource consumption, eliminate associated waste and mitigate pollution effects on whole ecosystems.

These challenges have been selected because they are globally important, fit with our areas of research excellence and are contextually relevant to regional, national and international communities.

Our ambition is to firmly establish Newcastle University as a centre of expertise in the principles and practice of sustainability. In pursuit of this ambition, we are focusing our efforts around interdisciplinary areas of research excellence, each headed by a lead academic.