Sustainability and Resilience Institute (SRI)

About us

We are an interdisciplinary research institute tackling the most critical challenges facing society and our environment.

Our primary aim is to tackle the most critical challenges facing society and our environment through evidence-based solutions and collaborative work.

How we work

Sustainability and Resilience Institute brings together all our inter and transdisciplinary work in sustainability across the university, giving students as well as staff opportunities to be involved in world-leading solutions led research, education and enterprise.

Working in partnership with internal and external colleagues we have a collective international reputation for addressing the most challenging elements of sustainability and resilience through interdisciplinary social, cultural, economic, political, and natural environment work. 

Our focus is on building and enhancing networks that challenge conventional thinking in order to proactively manage the most wicked of problems that is sustainability and the resilience of our responses.

Our work is framed through the application of the University’s ‘triple helix strategy’ of intertwining our globally-recognised research, education and enterprise work with collaboration of people running through the centre of everything we do.


SRI management group

The Sustainability and Resilience Institute is run by the following core management team:

Professor Craig Hutton
Craig provides the strategic leadership of SRI, as it aims to tackle the most critical challenges facing society and our environment through evidence-based solutions and collaborative work. Click to view profile

Dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong
Deputy Director, Research and Enterprise
Lindsay oversees the SRI’s Renewable Energy and Decarbonisation theme, providing insight and experience into cross-sector engagement with industries as we collaboratively work towards decarbonising the regional economy. Click to view profile

Professor Simon Kemp
Deputy Director, Education and Sustainable Development Goals
Simon leads the SRI education and student experience work, providing a progressive approach to sustainability through the undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) curricula across the whole university, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. Click to view profile

Jon Lawn
Collaboration Manager
Jon promotes internal collaboration and networking between University of Southampton academics, manages our external partnerships, and oversees our funding opportunities. 

Alice Brock
Sustainable Development Goals Officer
Alice is the University’s dedicated project officer for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She oversees the University’s monitoring and reporting to the Sustainability League Tables and supports the integration of EDI within sustainability. Click to view profile

Grace Compton
Specialist Policy Officer
Grace provides University of Southampton researchers with timely policy analysis and insight focused on sustainability at local, national, and international levels. She also supports the University's researchers in engaging with policy makers, including the sharing of evidence and research with policy makers.

Lou Payne
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lou provides strategic communications and marketing oversight for the Institute, as well as day-to-day input to SRI’s sustainability communications, both internally and externally, to raise awareness of, and increase engagement in, the work being undertaken. 

Ellie Pun
Institute Coordinator
Ellie provides administrative support to the SRI and assists with the running of our meetings and events.  


Research themes

We tackle interdisciplinary sustainability and resilience challenges through our collaborative research focusing on the following main areas: renewable energy, decarbonisation and waste management; climate change and health; nature-based solutions; methods and tools; and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about these main themes that guide our research and collaborative work.


Contact us 

We welcome correspondence with new and existing partners about our interdisciplinary research, education and enterprise work.  

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