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We are providing a new basis for sustainability science, pushing the boundaries of traditional sustainability research and finding solutions to the challenges of diminishing resources and a changing climate.

The Institute operates across all three Colleges of Cardiff University. Bringing together over 100 researchers, we work to find solutions to real problems, in the real world. Working with stakeholders, including local community groups, public authorities and academic partners, we support methodological innovation for research into sustainable place making.

Our current work

Our distinctive and unique research profile is recognised both locally and globally. We work to develop place-based responses and solutions to issues including climate change and resource depletion – this is being done on the specific requirements of individual places. Our research focuses on the complex and dynamic interrelations between ecosystems, society and economy at different spatial scales.

Engaging in theoretically led, integrated and place-based research, we act as a hub across a number of academic disciplines and institutions.  We examine the interdependencies and trade-offs between key resource sectors, such as energy, food, water, and waste, and combine place-based community, business and governance interests, to derive solutions that can progress sustainable transitions.

Our centres and projects bring together a wide range of expertise to work on innovative research.

The Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence (EVCE) at Cardiff University is a multi-disciplinary centre that is unique in academic electric vehicle (EV) research teams.

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Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence

We bring together experts from across Cardiff University to investigate and help address the remaining barriers to the widespread introduction of electric vehicles.

Integrating and priority research themes

We have developed a unique set of integrating themes, which engage a wide range of staff in conceptual and methodological development and outputs. Research focuses on four core, place-based themes:

  • spatial network analysis
  • the bio-economy
  • governance of sustainable places
  • social innovation.

Our researchers embed these interdisciplinary themes in their focussed research programmes