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Sustainable Development

Sustainability is now one of the key drivers of innovation. The Sustainable Development research theme explores complex issues around development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

sustainable development

In 2015, the United Nations released a set of Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. These goals provide a global framework for approaching research in sustainable development, and there are many examples of research that supports these goals with the aim of improving the resilience of human populations and the environment. Particular examples include research into sustainable livelihoods and human settlements, including food systems, climate change resilience in sport and recreation, and sustainability policy.

Current research projects

There are many research projects underway within this theme. Some examples include:

  • food systems
  • natural resources
  • urban livelihoods
  • rural livelihoods
  • sustainable policy
  • participatory democracy
  • transportation and infrastructure
  • innovation systems
  • resilience and climate change
  • healthy places
  • effects of climate change on sport and recreation.

Though only a selection of projects has been listed here, Curtin is interested to discuss any research topic relating to sustainable development.