Climate-resilient system transitions to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals



Current Research

Achieving sustainable development while tackling climate change are two of the greatest global challenges for the 21st century. As a response to these challenges, the majority of nations have pledged to act towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction. Infrastructure can play a large role in delivering on these pledges by providing essential services such as low-carbon, clean, affordable energy and water and preparing a nation for potential climate impacts.

This research project is aimed at co-developing transferable system methodology to help decision-makers transition coupled socio-technical infrastructure systems towards climate-resilience and sustainability. The methodology is co-developed with stakeholders using interdisciplinary methods, thereby combining the sustainability systems transitions and action research literature with best practices from infrastructure systems-of-systems risk modelling.

The project will be implemented together with the United Nations, the government of St. Lucia and the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium and is fully funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

You can read an overview of Lena's research to date on the St Edmund Hall website.

Overall outputs

  • Three paper publications in target journals including Nature Sustainability, Climate and Development and Systematic Practice Action Research.
  • Presentation at intergovernmental- and United Nations meetings with focus on linking the Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction agenda.
  • Insights from model application and machine learning strengthens understanding of systems dynamics and assists policy-makers to:
    1. Inform prioritisation of resilient investments for sustainable development outcomes.
    2. Facilitate development of effective linkages between climate change issues and development planning by improving social resilience.
    3. Contribute to sustainable development through co-developing and engaging stakeholders in the process of infrastructure planning.

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