Our Publications

Our insights and analysis of sustainable transitions that shape policy narrative and future practice

Event Report
Research Report
Access and Inclusion
Adaptation and Urban Resilience
Artificial Intelligence
Climate Justice
Culture and Climate Change
Data Digital Resources and Collective Action
Digital Transformations and Sustainability
Edible Cities
Food and Climate Change
Food and Livelihoods
Food and Technology
Low Carbon Cities
Nature-based Solutions
Social and Behaviour Change
Social Planning of Energy Transitions
Urban Digital Transitions
Urban Living Lab
Work in the 4IR


Unpacking the climate emergency and crisis discourse
We convened a virtual panel at the 4S 2023 conference on the theme “The Paradox of Crisis: Interrogating Emergency and Crisis Framing in Climate Infrastructures,” featuring presentations that exploree the complexities of climate emergency framings and its implications on climate governance.  Madeline Kroot, PhD Candidate, Clark University, presented a paper on ‘Public Deficits in the Backyard: Decarbonisation vs. Democratisation in Energy Infrastructure Conflicts’, which examined...
The road to net zero in India: Are government policies promoting true mobility decarbonization?
For more effective low carbon mobility transitions, there is a need to consider the interlinkages between EV policies and urban mobility plans, policies governing energy transitions and carbon emitting sectors, consumer uptake, and lifecycle carbon emissions for EVs.
Building a Net Zero Society
Building a Net Zero Society
Our recent Talking About Transitions Dialogue, Building a Net Zero Society, unpacked the importance of social transformations to achieve a low carbon transitions in Indian cities. How can we leverage behaviour change, equitable urban planning and innovative planning approaches to create an equitable net zero future?
Urban Heat: The Tradeoffs Between Air Conditioning and Mitigating Climate Change
As India grapples with extreme urban heat, the demand for and usage of air conditioners is skyrocketing. This growth in energy consumption for cooling is harming India’s ambitious net zero targets. How can we combat urban heat while meeting our growing cooling needs more sustainably?
Epistemic Injustices
AI, Climate Adaptation, and Epistemic Injustice
Acknowledging the cultural and contextual dimensions of climate change is crucial in the realms of science, policy, and practice. While AI has the potential to aid decision-making processes, it must be approached with caution to prevent exacerbating underlying injustices. Human experiences should not be overlooked in favour of algorithmic solutions.
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Power and Politics: Reframing Urban Nature-based Solutions from the Bottom-Up
Nature in South Asian cities is highly contested: cities must incorporate community visions, indigenous knowledge and local uses of nature in cities to achieve climate and development goals.
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How nature-based solutions can build urban resilience: four lessons from SEI’s work in South Asian cities
Nature-based solutions can help address environmental challenges in cities but community involvement and engagement is crucial to utilize local knowledge and create sustainable solutions.
Behaviour change and climate action
Policymakers must recognise behavior change as an important tool to inform climate policies and communication, and enable individual climate action.
Too hot to deliver
Platform companies, governments, and regulatory bodies must work together to effectively address heat stress for vulnerable communities like delivery workers in Indian cities.
Why gearing towards net zero with low carbon lifestyles is crucial
There is an urgent need to reimagine a sustainable future with an environmentally conscious lifestyle at the individual, household and community levels.
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