UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Celebrating 10 years of UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

Over the coming weeks the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources will be publishing content from each of our research themes reflecting on the work and achievements of the last 10 years.

ISR 10 years logo

To showcase our achievements over the past 10 years, we will be publishing a series of reflections on our research, teaching and outreach. These reflections will highlight the ISR’s remarkable contributions to real-world policies, debates, and decision-making processes – whether by governments, private sector, civil society, or other actors – through our research, engagement and teaching activities.

This will culminate in an event on the 8th December where a panel will discuss some of the major resource challenges facing the world today, and will look ahead to the role of the ISR in facing these challenges. 

10 stories to capture 10 years

Over the next 10 weeks we will be releasing stories to capture the work of UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources over the last 10 years. 

Wind turbines in field from bird's eye view

Reflecting on 10 years

Week one

Reflections from UCL ISR Directors past, present and future on all that the Institute has achieved over the last 10 years.

solar panels in a field

Driving the low carbon transition through “induced innovation”

Week two

ISR Senior Research Associate Paul Drummond reflects on why the low carbon transition may be much cheaper than models predict.

The city of London

Tracing climate investments and shifting investment behaviour

Week three

Seeking to support system changes to the financial industry on climate change issues through data-driven analysis from Principle Research Fellow Nadia Ameli.

River running through a deep valley in Norway

Measuring the environmental sustainability of countries: the ESGAP story

Week three

Read the story of the Environmental Sustainability Gap framework told by Arkaitz Usubiaga-Liaño, Alison Fairbrass and Paul Ekins as part of our 10 years of ISR celebration

Event: Celebrating 10 years of the UCL ISR

Register for our livestreamed panel event focussing on some of the major resource challenges facing the world today, and looking ahead to the role of the UCL ISR in facing these challenges. 

Wednesday 8 December, 17:30 - 19:30

Register for the livestream here

Our teaching

We are at a critical juncture. To meet net-zero targets wholesale change is needed in the way we consume and use resources. For global change policy-makers, business and communities need to be engaged and we need sustainability leaders to drive it forward. We equip graduates with the tools to become a leader in energy and sustainability related industry, academia and policy making.

Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions MSc

The Sustainable Resources MSc gives students the tools to work towards more sustainable, efficient, equitable and circular resource use.

Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc

Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment MSc equips students with the skills to become an innovator of policy-making, research and business. 

Sustainable Resources MPhil/PhD

This PhD allows students to become independent researchers and contributes to our their understanding of how we can use resources more sustaiably. 


Our research

Our PhD students, academic and research staff work across six research themes to advance study of the sustainable use of natural resources globally. We are also home to three methodological research groups that focus on economic methods and projects across our research themes.