We are a global transdisciplinary research centre of the University of Cambridge. 

Our work focuses on sustainable investment, good governance and responsible innovation. We co-create sustainable solutions while training the participants in complex system design thinking using world-class research, embedded knowledge, and enquiring techniques.

If your area of work is within these scopes or you are interested in exploring more, please feel free to get in touch.

Sustainable Investment

How best to create innovation in public policy to facilitate long term private sector investment? As what was once a niche activity reaches the tipping point and becomes mainstream, the CRSD is focused on providing an impartial academic view on what investments are truly beneficial to both investors and recipient societies and which are not. This highly nuanced subject is at early stages of development and our interest is to ensure the very constructive developments now taking place are built on the most solid basis possible.

Good Governance

How to achieve resilient governance of these fast-moving developments in often complex local situations? Industrial sustainability, financial stability and social diversity are the foundations of any economy. They depend on the performance of the public sector to ensure public goods and services are delivered adequately and efficiently to fulfil the needs of the private sector. Local private sector development, regardless of its status in the global value chain, always has the need for scaling up, moving up and catching up to withstand internal and external market challenges and trade-offs. We have studied good governance and have developed tools, frameworks, and methods to help public and private players to make the right decisions.

Responsible Innovation

How can technology be harnessed to deliver step changes in sustainable wealth creation and public good? The huge leaps being enabled by technology, in communications, AI, blockchain or 3D printing are reshaping developed economies, but are also beginning to profoundly influence the growth potential of emerging economies. They can be forces for good, for example in solving distribution problems in rural healthcare, or can present real challenges to resource poor countries whose main offering is labour. Being at the cutting edge of this revolution enables the CRSD to bring together all the relevant stakeholders to help maximise the potential and manage the challenges created.

To start a conversation with us...

Dr. Nazia M Habib, FRSA

Head of Centre for Resilence and Sustainable Development