Research and Resources

Explore sustainability-related research and resources here, including recently released reports, journal articles, online tools and databases. Use the left sidebar to filter resources by theme.

This new report offers a clear account of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights; the negative consequences that pesticide practices have had on human health, the environment and society, which are underreported and monitored in the shadow of a prevailing and narrow focus on “food security”, are described; and the environmental and human rights regimes are examined to determine whether the constituent rules are sufficient to protect farm workers, consumers and vulnerable groups, as well as the natural resources that are necessary to support sustainable

A major review, Taking the Temperature: A Review of Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty Schemes in Scotland, conducted for Citizens Advice Scotland by CAG Consultants, Glasgow Caledonian University, and National Energy Action, has called for independent monitoring and evaluation to be built into all future energy efficiency and fuel poverty schemes.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda. ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim, by 2030, to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people's well-being, while protecting the environment. The new agenda was agreed upon by 193 UN Member States on 1st August following a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years.

This collection of papers by early-career researchers draws on in-depth field research in Latin America, Asia and Africa to explore the challenges of delivering access to modern energy services. The chapters document the ongoing inequities of energy landscapes across a range of geographies, scales and political economic contexts. The authors draw attention to the need to take local people's needs and livelihood aspirations into account in efforts to address the ‘energy trilemma’.

With globalized trade, a significant share of the environmental impacts linked to a country’s consumption of goods and services takes place outside its borders. There is a growing interest among policy-makers in many countries in finding ways to reduce such external environmental impacts of consumption. But it is not always clear what policy instruments might offer the most efficient ways of doing so. This policy brief outlines steps that governments can take to identify policy instruments they can use to reduce their countries' extra-territorial environmental footprints.

Climate Just website launch

By Bridget Elliott on 24th February 2015

A new website has been launched which helps local authorities and other organisations working on climate change, or working with vulnerable communities, to respond to this challenge. The site was developed in partnership by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Climate UK, the Environment Agency and the University of Manchester. It highlights which people and places are likely to be most vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather, including flooding and extreme heat, and actions that can be taken to respond.

This article explores how the global population is ageing at a time when climate variability is increasing. It advocates the development of ‘climate gerontology’ to minimise the negative impact of environmental change on older people. Climate gerontology can examine the unique challenges and needs of older people in coping with extreme weather events. It can contribute to our understanding of the everyday challenges of growing old in a changing climate and how we can achieve the ‘longevity dividend’.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a report and illustrated guide demonstrating how tackling climate change can also help address some of the economic and social challenges facing the UK. The report’s authors argue that, while addressing climate change is important in its own right, taking action can also help to address some of the greatest challenges facing the UK.

A recent working paper by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out the essential premise of their ‘Towards A New Social Settlement’ project: that the goals of social justice and environmental sustainability are profoundly connected and interdependent. The paper examines why these goals are linked together and how they affect each other. It then explores the implications for policy and practice, arguing that a new social settlement cannot depend on continuing economic growth.

The Outcome Document of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been released following the 13th and final session of the Group held 14th-18th July. The document consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, including 62 targets on means of implementation. The OWG’s proposal on SDGs will now be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration as part of the broader post-2015 development agenda that is to be adopted in late 2015.

Pages