About the Sustainable Economies Research Group (SERG)

Our research

Our research develops and applies inter-disciplinary approaches to the analysis of complex systems, via integrated economic, management and science approaches to develop systems solutions and tools that can better bring forth a sustainable economy. The group looks at the notion of a 'sustainable economy' as a complex system. Solutions are ecologically, societally and economically embedded.

Our research is agile and informs teaching and curriculum development to enable ready and able graduates to deliver a sustainable economy.

Research themes

  • Sustainable investment and finance
  • Measuring social value and costs
  • Governance for a sustainable economy
  • Technology and business models for sustainable economy
  • Systems tools and policy for sustainable economy
  • Culture and behaviour for a sustainable economy
  • Social justice and education for sustainable economy 

Funded work

The group leads work on projects with funders such as Power to Change, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, The European Commission, the Environment Agency and The Cabinet Office amongst others. 

We are also actively engaged with industry and government in sustainable economies research. Currently, we are engaging with Bristol Water, ResourceWest, Defra, the Environment Agency, the Office for National Statistics, and the Future Economy Network amongst others.


Our work has real impact, we contributed one of the five impact case studies by the Faculty of Business and Law to the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Sustainable Economies Research Group

The Sustainable Economies Research Group (SERG) conducts ground-breaking research in the field of sustainable production and consumption. 

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