ECI Research aims to:
- advance understanding of the processes of change in complex human and natural systems
- explore sustainable solutions
- influence change through education and partnership.
ECI is involved in a wide range of research projects that address the impacts of climate change, the possibilities for adaptation, the evolution of climate policy and the communication of climate change data and issues to society. Read more about ECI's climate research.
This interdisciplinary research theme consists of ECI research groups which aim to undertake research to advance our scientific understanding of ecosystems and their role in the Earth's system; examine how humans and other species interact with these ecosystems, particularly in the context of climate change; and explore the social, cultural and political impact of such interactions. Using this knowledge we can advise how best to respond to the changes and help people live in harmony with the environment around them. Read more about ECI's ecosystems research.
In order to move towards a lower carbon economy, we must understand the links between social and individual behaviour, technologies, policy formulation and markets. Lower Carbon Futures is an interdisciplinary programme, with researchers from many backgrounds who are all committed to extending our knowledge of energy systems and developing practical ways of reducing their environmental impact. As 50% of energy use in industrial economies is in the home and for personal transport, we have concentrated our research in these areas, but we are increasingly working on broader issues. These include infrastructures of energy supply and demand, governance, and the role of professions in designing, constructing and managing buildings. Read more about ECI's energy research.