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Browse our latest events, project highlights and blog posts below. If you would like to feature your work on our page, please email

EVENT | Stepping Up to the Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday 23 April, in person

Justice, Insecurity, & Fair Decision Making and Sustainability IRT recently teamed up with Scotland’s International Development Alliance (SIDA)  to discuss how collaboration is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals...(read more)

EVENT | Agricultural Extension that Better Benefits Female Farmers

Monday 26 February, in person

Sustainability IRT & the Centre for Research & Development in Adult & Lifelong Learning Seminar on research into the accessibility of education & advice to female farmers in the Global South...(read more)

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT | Water Treatment Technologies

Explore the pioneering work of Research Fellow , as she harnesses sustainable, biology-based techniques to purify drinking water...(read more)

EVENT | Carbon Capture (Use) & Storage

Monday 29 January, in person

Join the Sustainability IRT for an opportunity for researchers interested in the sociocultural implications of carbon capture, use and storage to share ideas in a novel way...(read more)


Glasgow Water Cluster member Professor Jude Robinson examines the critical issues of water, waste, and the disparities that exist in these domains...(read more)

EVENT | Microbes & Sustainability/Fermentation in 20th Century East Asia

Tuesday 21 November 2023 in person

The Sustainabilty IRT hosted Victoria Lee to discuss their work, The Arts of the Microbial World: Fermentation Science in Twentieth-Century Japan...(read more)

EVENT | Strengthening resilience in natural and built environments

Thursday, 23 November in person

Our Sustainability IRT held a research development and networking session for members of UofG Research Community interested in resilience in natural & built environment...(read more)

EVENT I ICAI Learning Event: Aid to Agriculture in a Time of Climate Change

In September 2023, we were joined by the Independent Commision for Aid Impact and Farm Africa for this hybrid learning event on aid to agriculture in a time of climate change....(read more)

EVENT I Evidence for Change - Building partnerships between academia & third sector

Tuesday 10th October, 2023 (hybrid)

Join researchers, practitioners and advocates to discuss building partnerships between academia and the third sector in the Global South...(read more)

What Sustainability Means To Me

Our aim is to lead and facilitate social science research around key sustainability challenges. In 2023, our activities will focus on the following areas:

  • Ecologies - Environmental sustainability under climate change and human activities
  • Just transitions - What kind of societal transformations do we need to achieve eco-social sustainability?
  • Governance - Reforming governance and management systems of natural resources, including sustainable water and land use.
  • Methodologies - Exploring interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary methodological approaches to research on sustainability

Sustainability to me...

Karen Bell, Just Transition Lead

Karen is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Sustainable Development in the Department of Urban Studies. Her concerns are inequities in environmental burdens, inclusion in environmental decision-making and eco-social policy making. She researches environmental justice, Just Transition and military impacts on the environment or the ‘Treadmill of Destruction’. 


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Sustainability to me...

Cecilia Tortajada

Cecilia is a Professor in Practice in the School of Social & Environmental Sustainability. She has over 30 years of experience working on water, environment and natural resources management in the overall context of development. Cecilia is currently working on impacts of global changes on water resources, environment, food, and societies, and their inter-linkages.

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Sustainability to me...

Jill Robbie, Governance Lead

Jill is a Senior Lecturer in Private Law at the University of Glasgow. Jill's research interest lies within the field of property law and natural resources. She is currently investigating the tensions between social justice, economic development and environmental protection in the context of the law regulating land use. She is particularly interested in analysing these tensions in relation to water.

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