Climate change and sustainability

The Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) is conducting research on climate change and sustainability using surveys, experiments and administrative data from developing countries. Our researchers are also working with NGOs and policymakers to translate research into concrete action and influence policies on climate change issues in many countries.

Following the end of World War II, we have altered the environment more than ever before by our continued extraction and use of fossil fuels and addition of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Our current and future well-being is dependent on the environment.

Yet, society has failed to accurately value the value of ecosystems and integrate the costs of environmental impacts when making decisions regarding development, growth, trade and public policy. Air and water pollution, deforestation, global warming, and more extreme weather patterns are environmental problems that threaten many ecosystems around the world. Collectively, for the sake of future generations, the global community has the opportunity and responsibility to change the way society is headed in terms of our relationship with the environment.