UCLan Research Centre for Energy, Sustainable Development and Resilience

The UCLan Research Centre for Energy, Sustainable Development and Resilience is a cross-disciplinary centre with the aim of becoming trans-disciplinary and impactful, within academic and real-world contexts.  It is through trans-disciplinarity that we will address the intellectual and very practical challenges of a warming planet and the social impacts this will generate.

We will explore a wide range of local, national and global scale issues that hold significance to both current and future generations, and through transdisciplinary work, we will provide unique perspectives, creative ideas and research towards developing technical and socially sustainable solutions and responses to change.

A myriad of societal challenges will also be explored such as territorial and political changes brought about by Brexit, climate-related instability and associated environmental issues, questions surrounding energy demand, generation and supply, zero carbon agenda and its potential impact on health and wellbeing of communities, and society’s ability to predict and respond to potential future scenarios and uncertainties (e.g. climate induced disasters).

Therefore, not only is the Centre focused on timely topics/issues, but also the main activities of the centre are informed, validated and made globally relevant by our reference to at least 6 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), i.e. Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being; Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities; Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Goal 17 – Partnerships for the SD Goals.


Taking this forward, the Centre’s vision is to:

  • Embrace urgent and challenging questions for current and future generations, and produce world-class research in exploration of these.
  • Understand complexity, employ flexibility, and approach research in a cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional manner.
  • Produce research that is innovative, creative and impactful.
  • Provide new perspectives and develop unique solutions to societal, political, environmental and economic challenges, at all scales.
  • Demonstrate a diverse and evolving understanding of issues relating to sustainable development and society’s preparedness for future change.

To find our more please contact: Prof. John Whitton or Prof. Champika Liyanage.