Sustainability is a broad concept that requires inputs from many traditional disciplines. We are structured to reflect that breadth, with ten overlapping areas of research excellence.
We provide coordination and support for the wide range of research in sustainability undertaken by the University and our collaborating partners, including global organisations, national government, local government (especially Newcastle and Gateshead Councils) and a diverse range of companies and non-governmental organisations.
Sustainability is a broad concept that requires inputs from many traditional disciplines. We are structured to reflect that breadth, drawing on the following ten interdisciplinary areas of research excellence to contriubute to global research challenges in the field of sustainability:
The last area, 'Justice and Governance', under-pins all the others, providing the ethical and organisational principles from which specific interventions can be developed.
The Institute is served by a dedicated, research-oriented support team, which draws together academic strengths and provides opportunities for collaborative research between the areas of research excellence to ensure that our contribution is internationally-leading.
Each of these areas has a key Academic Lead whose role is to act as an animateur for the interdisciplinary groupings of researchers contributing to each . These researchers collectively form the core of the Institute’s Strategy Board, which also draws upon expert advice from a high-level External Advisory Board. Each Theme Coordinator is supported by a Research Coordinator who is part of the Institute's dedicated, research-oriented central support team.
Members of staff of the University are encouraged to contact individual Academic Leads or Research Coordinators in order to discuss areas of potential collaboration or overlap, and contact details for each Theme Coordinator/Administrator are given below.