Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The University of Bath Institute for Sustainability brings together fundamental and applied science and engineering, and whole systems approaches; applying interdisciplinarity across its research, training, education, collaboration, policy, public engagement and knowledge exchange activities.

We are a community of researchers delivering world-class research in sustainability that pushes boundaries among disciplines. We solve challenges using a wide-angle, whole-systems approach complemented by a depth of scientific understanding, and build partnerships that help us keep our focus on real-world problems.

Our research

From innovation centres working directly with industry to bring products to market and decarbonise industry, to real-time monitoring of chemical reactions and improvement of membranes, our projects are interdisciplinary in nature, crossing traditional boundaries between science and engineering to develop new sustainable technologies.

We design molecules, materials and manufacturing processes to enable a circular economy and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and take a whole-systems perspective to measuring and embedding sustainability in decision making, using methods from industrial ecology to understand the full environmental footprint of our products and activities.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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