The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield‘s world-class research addresses the major challenges facing society; leading academic debates internationally and shaping policy and practice across the globe. The faculty works extensively with non-academic organisations and joins forces with a network of international partners. They are are also developing innovative new research methods and the work is at the leading edge in the co-production of knowledge and in exploring the potential of big data.
The Science and Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex is an interdisciplinary research centre in science and technology policy and management. SPRU is at the forefront of new ideas, problem-orientated research, inspiring teaching, and creative, high impact engagement with decision makers across government, business and civil society. Our research addresses pressing global policy agendas, including the future of industrial policy, inclusive economic growth, the politics of scientific expertise, energy policy, security issues, entrepreneurship, and pathways to a more sustainable future. We work across a broad range of sectors including food, energy, healthcare, biotechnology and ICT.
The Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement centre uniting development studies with science and technology studies. Our cross-cutting work covers agriculture & food; energy & climate change; health & disease and water & sanitation. In an era of unprecedented change, we are developing a new ‘pathways approach’ to understanding and action on sustainability and development, providing new thinking and practical solutions. Our work addresses two vital global challenges: linking environmental sustainability with better livelihoods and health for poor people and helping science and technology work for poverty reduction and social justice. The STEPS Centre launched in 2006 and is based at the Institute of Development Studies and SPRU Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Sussex in the UK.
The Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), based at the University of Exeter and University East Anglia is a leading interdisciplinary research centre in the field of sustainable development and decision making. CSERGE was founded in 1991 with the explicitly interdisciplinary remit of examining all aspects of decision making regarding environmental resources. The Centre consists of a number of collaborating disciplines including economics, political science, social and group sciences, geography, life cycle analysis, information systems and the natural sciences. It has won national and international praise for its pioneering research on the integration of this diverse set of disciplines to provide holistic and practical decision making systems for delivering sustainable development ecosystem services and enhancing the positive role of the environment upon wellbeing.
Over 25 years the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has brought together business, government and academia to deepen leaders’ insight and understanding through our executive programmes, build deep, strategic engagement with leadership companies, and create opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through our business platforms. CISL has a leadership network with more than 5,000 alumni from leading global organisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates and staff. HRH The Prince of Wales is the Patron of CISL and has inspired and supported many of our initiatives.
The University of Exeter Humanities and Social Science strategy identifies six interdisciplinary priority research areas where the University of Exeter can demonstrate world-leading excellence. The themes address major global challenges and map onto the priorities of major UK and international funding bodies.