UCLan Research Centre for Sustainable Transitions (CST)

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The UCLan Research Centre for Sustainable Transitions (CST) brings together Engineers, Social Scientists, Architects and Psychologists to work on the systemic challenges presented by climate change. We carry out research across these different disciplines to create new conceptual, theoretical and methodological innovations that integrate and move beyond discipline-specific approaches towards the transdisciplinary. We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to frame the ongoing radical socio-technical transformation for pursuit of a sustainable society. We explore the challenges that contemporary modern societies face, and seek to understand the systemic changes required to meet these challenges and transformations.

We will explore a wide range of local, national and global scale issues that hold significance to both current and future generations. Through transdisciplinary work, we will provide unique perspectives, creative ideas and research towards developing technical and socially sustainable solutions, responses to change, and modes of production and consumption.

A myriad of societal challenges will also be explored such as territorial and political changes brought about by Brexit, climate-related instability and associated environmental issues, questions surrounding energy demand, generation and supply, zero carbon agenda and its potential impact on health and wellbeing of communities, and society’s ability to predict and respond to potential future scenarios and uncertainties (e.g. climate induced disasters).

To find out more please contact the centre’s Co-Directors (Prof. Whitton and Liyanage) or Centre Coordinator (Dr. Charnley-Parry): 

Taking this forward, the Centre’s vision is to:

  • Demonstrate a diverse and evolving understanding of issues relating to sustainable development and society’s preparedness for future change within socio-technical systems.
  • Provide new perspectives and develop unique solutions to societal, political, environmental and economic challenges, at all scales.
  • Embrace urgent and challenging questions for current and future generations, and produce world-class research in exploration of these.
  • Understand complexity, employ flexibility, and approach research in a cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional manner.
  • Produce research that is innovative, transdisciplinary, creative and impactful.