Sustainability research – Climate change, culture and humanities

13 December 2021

Research across the humanities is crucial to delivering net zero, from formulating policies to public communication, from reforming finance to preserving our art.

How universities are addressing the challenge of sustainability through the social sciences

Universities of Cardiff, Manchester York – CAST

The Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) is exploring how society can live differently – and better – in ways that address climate change. CAST aims to change understanding about how to transform lifestyles and systems of governance for a sustainable, low-carbon future.

LSE – Global Climate Transition Centre

A new landmark centre is working to increase the amount of information that investors have about how companies are managing their greenhouse gas emissions and the risks and opportunities they face. In-depth data on 10,00 companies will help and incentivise businesses to deliver on commitments to limit global temperature rises.

University of Manchester - Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Using touring historic data researchers are working with Massive Attack to embed sustainability into the live music industry, working with music and venues.

QUB - Climate Vulnerability Index for World Heritage properties in Africa

A researcher is leading a project working with African heritage professionals will support communities in Nigeria and Tanzania in their efforts to safeguard cultural heritage, respond to climate change and seek sustainable development options. 

University of Leeds – Tackling food waste with ASDA customers

A team at Leeds have used established psychological theories and developed a range of strategies to help customers waste less. Face-to-face behaviour change initiatives, such as community networks, focus groups, and in-store ‘champions’ have already proved highly successful in influencing and motivating consumers to take action.


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