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Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development

A transdisciplinary action-research centre in applied resilience science

Their Future, Our Action:  Cambridge Small States Policy Simulation Labs

Their Future, Our Action, is a multi-stakeholder research collaboration between the Commonwealth Secretariat and the University of Cambridge to embed a “whole of system” approach by applying the CRSD action-research approach to accelerate Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) access to sustainable finance, particularly in support of improving socio-economic resilience in the post-COVID 19 recovery phase. The focus is on the strategic question: How can we transform the capacity of governments in SIDS to attract sustainable finance to contribute to resilient economies?

To learn about the CRSD-Commonwealth Action Research partnership, please click here.

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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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