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The Institute for Sustainable Futures was established as a flagship research institute of the University of Technology, Sydney in 1996. Our mission is to create change towards sustainable futures through independent, project-based research. We work in a number of different research areas using a variety of approaches. We share the outcomes of our research through publications such as journal articles, conference papers and project reports. We occasionally hold workshops and seminars. Our postgraduate program leads to either a Masters or PhD in Sustainable Futures. We provide research, analysis and policy and program advice in the areas of climate change adaptation and disaster risks reduction. Our work enhances the ability of policy makers, practitioners and communities to reduce vulnerabilities and increase the capacities of vulnerable groups. We have a strong grounding and scientific background in the drivers of climate change and a practical understanding of the impacts climate change. Our work covers both urban and rural contexts and extends from the water sector, to behavioural change initiatives, to social, institutional and ecological resilience, to buildings and cities, to resource management issues. We engage with community-based, regional and national-scale climate change adaptation initiatives in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region and have been involved in climate change policy development and the translation of new policy into national planning and implementation instruments.

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