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The Institute has a strong track record of impacting on policy development, public debate and innovative practice to support the improvement of responses and solutions to the global consequences and challenges of a changing climate and resource depletion.

With research projects funded by the EU, national bodies and other funding organisations in the fields of sustainability science, our researchers work to deliver relevant, robust, high-quality research that is used by policy-makers across Wales, the UK and further afield to support evidence-based policy making.


Institute Director, Professor Terry Marsden discusses sustainable place-making in the context of public policy together with Co-Director Professor Susan Baker and Mr Matthew Quinn, Director of Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Government.

Sustainable Place Making in Public Policy video

Who we work with

We connect our academics to industry, business, government and the third sector in Wales, the UK and internationally. Staff from the Institute provide advice and evidence to Welsh Government, the National Assembly for Wales and the wider policy community.

Impact stories


Brexit’s impact on food

19 July 2017

New report warns the UK food system is not ready

Sustainability short term policies

Changing places

10 May 2017

Developing new approaches for front line staff in communities in Wales

Sustainability short term policies

Welsh Government Director awarded Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

10 April 2017

Director of Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Government awarded honorary title


All around us

7 December 2016

The Pontypool Deep Place Study


Food Policy as Public Policy

29 June 2016

Cardiff academics advise on Welsh Government food policy

Wales Food & Drink Action Plan

Cardiff Professors to offer expert advice on the Welsh Government’s food policy.

18 November 2015

The PPIW has commissioned Professor Terry Marsden and Professor Kevin Morgan to offer expert advice on the Welsh Government’s food policy.

Communicating flood risks in a changing climate

13 November 2015

How can we engage individuals and communities more effectively around flood risks in a changing climate?


Final report of Review of Designated Landscapes in Wales published

2 November 2015

Professor Terry Marsden has chaired the review of designated landscapes in Wales.

Committee on Climate Change

UK Committee on Climate Change

2 June 2015

Research led by Professor Nick Pidgeon from Cardiff School of Psychology and Sustainable Places affiliate led to the creation of the UK government's Committee on Climate Change.

Rural Regeneration Conference

A new rural model

24 March 2015

Creating sustainable rural communities