IGS has an ambitious goal: addressing society's biggest sustainability challenges through interdisciplinary, data-driven research with real-world impact. Together, Boston University scholars are working to advance a resilient and equitable future.

To do this, research at IGS focuses on three key areas with an emphasis on data and rigor, equity and justice, and transformative impact through policy change, industry engagement, and social action.

Planetary and Environmental Health: Finding coping strategies and remedies to protect the health of the planet

Energy Systems of the Future: Building sustainable energy systems to meet urgent climate goals

Climate Governance and Sustainability Transitions: Accelerating large-scale climate action with new systems of climate governance, policy mechanisms, and business models