UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR) was established as an academic department at University College London in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL.
UCL ISR is a partner institute to the UCL Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) and engages in research and teaching together as well as sharing administrative support. The institutes are based in The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment. UCL ISR’s agenda is governed by an executive group consisting of internal Directors and academics.
Our research portfolio has developed significantly over the last two years and now includes several European Union FP7 and RCUK EPSRC funded projects. In addition we have established the Sustainable Use of Resources and the Environment Doctoral Training Programme with 18 research students currently enrolled.
UCL ISR with UCL-Energy have co-developed the MSc in the Economics and Politics of Energy and the Environment which launched in September 2013 with the enrolment of 54 students from around the world. There are further plans to launch an additional MSc in the thematic area of sustainable resources in 2015 or 2016.
We also engage in a number of enterprise activities, relating to consultancy, policy and outreach. Typically this work involves providing consultancy support to industry, advising governments at UK and EU level as well as promoting debate through a comprehensive seminar series and annual symposium.
Much global expertise in resource use and how that can be made sustainable rests with the companies whose business is the extraction, processing or use of natural resources. Therefore it is important for UCL ISR to build strong mutually beneficial relationships with businesses of this kind. UCL ISR has a strict policy of engagement with industry and any related funding. Our policy is available to read and further information about our involvement with industry is available in our partnerships section.