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Sustainability Research

It is increasingly apparent that human activities and the evolution of anthropogenic systems into their current forms are moving societies at a rapid pace towards numerous global crises that can threaten public health and ecosystems. In an era of changing climate, there is recognition that our common resources may not be able to be preserved in a manner that will allow us to draw on them at current rates.

Research is needed to support interventions aimed at slowing the progression of these ecological crises in order to avoid or minimize their impact on human well-being. Utilizing systems thinking in combination with core public health disciplines and policy analysis, we build the evidence base for understanding the risks and benefits associated with various models of food production, land, water and energy use, and other human activities.