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Core Research

The GCI has four core research areas:

Adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change

  • The identification, co-development and testing of adaptation pathways in a changing world
  • Reducing the risk of climate-related risks in rural and urban contexts, through knowledge and innovation
  • Aligning the objectives of global change adaptation and mitigation with other strategic development goals, such as elimination poverty and stemming the loss of biodiversity

Coupling ecosystem integrity and human wellbeing 

  • The nexus of land use, food security, biodiversity, human health and nutrition
  • The causes and consequences of long-term African trajectories in ecosystem goods and services
  • Minimising the negative consequences of extractive industries, and maximizing the rehabilitation of post-extractive landscapes and communities

People, Practice and Policies

  • Action research on environmental policies and justice in relation to sustainable development goals
  • Transdisciplinary approaches to promoting positive change in the presence of diverse knowledge systems, social values and power

Building resilience

  • Looking beyond trying to sustain the unsustainable: into transformation of coupled human and ecological systems in such a way as they are able to satisfy core needs indefinitely, adapt to unforeseen future changes, and provide options for future people
  • Sustainable urban living through improved water, waste and energy management
  • Understanding, building and maintaining ecosystem function and diversity in cities, the landscapes on which they depends, and the area influenced by their wastes
  • Migration into and out of urban areas, and the integration of migrant populations