UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


About us

Delivering world-leading research, teaching and enterprise in the sustainable use of global resources.


Our approach blends expertise from across UCL to make a truly cross-disciplinary institute.

We have a wide range of funded projects from a number of different research bodies, including EPSRC, NERC, ESRC, European Union FP7 and Horizon 2020.


UCL ISR is a world-leading centre of research and teaching excellence and has received a series of awards, grants and accolades to confirm this.

The QS World University Rankings (2022) places The Bartlett, our faculty, as the #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the World. In the latest national research assessment (REF 2021), we are number one for Research Power in the built environment, and 91% of our research has been deemed ‘World Leading’ and ‘Internationally Excellent’.

Through its work with the Complex Built Environment Systems Systems group, ISR has been awarded a historic three EPSRC Platform Grants, prestigious awards of funding given to what the EPSRC calls ‘well-established, world-leading research groups’.

Studying with us

We’ve also established the Sustainable Use of Resources and the Environment Doctoral Training Programme to train the next generation of leaders in sustainable resource management.

Our students work with researchers from across UCL in a multi-disciplinary training environment and we offer two MScs:

Vision and principles 

Our vision

Our vision is a world of globally sustainable resource use.

Our mission

Our mission is to generate knowledge in the globally sustainable use of natural resources and train the future leaders in the field.

Our values

Through our work, we seek to:

  • promote excellence
  • rigour and impartiality in our activities
  • address intellectually challenging problems with creativity and innovation
  • make a difference to society through the results of our work and the way they’re disseminated
  • be diverse and open in our approach and composition

UCL Grand Challenges

Our research has a direct relationship with the UCL Grand Challenges, which aim to address issues of global concern.

Resources and Global Health

Access to resources has a profound impact on global health. Loss of biodiversity and pollution from resource extraction can have a negative impact on human health while access to resources, in particular clean water, could substantially reduce disease, malnutrition and poverty-related mortality.

Resources and Sustainable Cities

With more than 50% of the global population now living in urban areas, the number of cities of more than one million inhabitants is set to continue to grow. This will place continuing pressure on both land use and resources.

Resources and Intercultural Interaction

Resources from water and food to energy and building materials are critic to social development and economic growth. The development of a ‘green economy’ aims to simultaneously address resource and economic stress as well as social cohesion.

Resources and Human Wellbeing

An estimated 925 million people currently live in poverty. More equitable and sustainable management of resources including food and water could profoundly reduce currently levels of poverty as well as the support additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.


    We also provide consultancy support for industry, advise governments at the UK and EU level, and promote debate through a comprehensive seminar series and annual symposium.

    The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

    The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) is home to the Faculty’s four Institutes that specialise in energy, environment, resources and heritage, and the staff and students that work within them.

    Its role is to help the Institutes establish themselves and grow, enabling them to focus on and develop their academic direction and strategies.