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Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development

A transdisciplinary action-research centre in applied resilience science


We are working with Commonwealth small states to improve financial protocols to empower the youth and the leadership of the countries to make better decisions related to sustainable investment.

In this action research project, we are applying several methodologies our researchers developed at the Cambridge University, including Cambridge Policy Boot Camp (CPBC), Cambridge Policy Simulation Lab (CPSL), Cambridge Country Consultation (CCC) and Cambridge Sustainable Investment Markers to name a few. The principle of the initiative is Dr Nazia Habib. You can reach her by email:


Some highlights

CRSD collaboration with Commonwealth unlocked $10 million for Small Island States

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s ground-breaking collaboration with the Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development (CRSD) at the University of Cambridge has unlocked more than $10 million of private financing for Small Island Developing States, despite the project only being halfway through its research phase. Read More > 

Climate-Related Publications 

 Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development

  Editors:  Dr Nazia M. Habib with Dr Rajah Rasiah, Dr Fatimah Kari, Dr Yuri Sadoi

This book focuses on different aspects of initiatives-to check pollution and to reduce consumption of fossil fuels-by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The chapters examine climate change projections for ASEAN, the relationship between income inequality and environmental sustainability, greening initiatives pursued by microfinance institutions, farmers' awareness and perceptions of climate change, potential introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Malaysia, the impact of Euro-4 automobile emission regulations on the development of technological capabilities and the threats and vulnerability people face from climate change and national disasters. Read More >

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From the perspective of trust and cooperation as key to solving global challenges, we break down the silos between sectors, harness new theories of change and consider legacy effects using evidence, so that new systems can be introduced. By blending system dynamics with political and economic analysis and rigorously developed business cases, we help achieve lasting change. We have helped over 160 companies and over 20 countries through our cutting-edge research and capacity building efforts.


Our research enables:

  • Governments and civil sector foster innovation and enterprise to deliver social and economic benefits consistently.
  • Companies to develop life-changing products and services, build better businesses, create meaningful jobs, and improve the environment for the future collectively.
  • Decision makers to reinvent policies and practices to facilitate their institutions to move to higher sustainable and productive activities.

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