Transitions to sustainability are multi-faceted phenomena, requiring expertise in a range of science, social science and humanities disciplines. Our members are creating the technological advances that are necessary to wean society off of fossil fuels; they are exploring the urban forms and building technologies that contribute to more sustainable futures, and they are applying novel techniques to explore the many opportunities and obstacles along pathways to those futures.
Spanning many disciplines, mitigation research focuses on climate policies and governance, communication, energy efficiency and emissions-reducing technologies and approaches, engineered negative emissions solutions such as carbon capture, utilization and storage, and nature-based solutions that will support the global transition towards a low-carbon society. Sustainability transitions research explores the many intersections among water, food, climate, and energy issues, while also uncovering the policies, behaviours, discourse, socio-political dynamics, and markets that may enable or inhibit change.
Current research projects
Featured member research
Destination net-zero: What does the International Energy Agency 2050 roadmap mean for the tourism future?
Learn more about Climate Institute member Dan Scott's research on sustainable tourism.
Further Reading: Scott, D. & Gössling, S. (2022). Destination net-zero: what does the international energy agency roadmap mean for tourism? Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Link: bit.ly/3RdZj4v
Research groups and labs
- Hug Research Group
- Klinkova Lab
- Mitigation of Methane Emission Hot-spots from Municipal Landfills project
- Residential Development Impact Scorecard for the Environment (RISE) project
- Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab
- Waterloo Climate Intervention Strategies Lab