We study the interaction between the environment and the economy.
The economic process transforms raw materials and energy into economic products and waste. The economic challenge is to maintain the resilience of the current socio-ecological and socio-safety regime. We contribute by doing excellent solution-oriented research using diverse research methods to address sustainability challenges and problems in their economic context.
We study the interactions among human and earth systems within organizational contexts, to provide a sound foundation of scientific knowledge to support decision-makers and to reduce uncertainty. Through our five research lines, we analyse environmental and sustainability issues within multiple economic sectors such as agricultural, energy, waste and security. We adopt a broad range of economic disciplines including (i) extended neoclassical economic tools and principles (environmental economics), (ii) ecosystem based thinking (ecological economics) (iii) the optimization of renewable and non-renewable resource allocation (natural resource economics), (iv) economic theory to assess the sustainable production of food and biomass (agricultural economics), (v) the supply and use of energy in societies (energy economics), and (vi) the investigation of safety and security issues (safety and security science).
We provide quantitative and independent assessments and publish scientific articles. In collaboration with several international partners we develop and carry out national and international projects. We train a new generation of rese archers and students with the skills to tackle complex sustainability challenges in the future.