Sustainability is the core concept of IINAS work:
“In essence, sustainable development is a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments the orientation of technological development; and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations”. (WCED 1987, Chapter 2 no. 15)
We see the dynamic interaction between the economic, environmental and social “pillars” of sustainability as a concept to be operationalized for and by decision-makers in policy, enterprises and civil society, and to be embedded in everyday life.
Sustainability concerns people and the planet we live on (and from), and the future we choose. It is a transboundary concept, thus IINAS work is transboundary not only in the geographical terms but conceptually, and methodologically:
We consider that the human domain, expressed through art, culture, livelihoods, philosophy, personal relations and aspirations, needs better inclusion in sustainability research, making transdisciplinarity a practical tool for the Great Transformation ahead of us. In that regard, the dicussions on re-defining growth and on sustainable consumption are core issues of IINAS as well.