During the last couple of centuries, rapid advancement in technology, exponential digitization in communication and information, and globalization in trade and economic development have transformed the world remarkably. Although global population has increased 7-fold from 1 billion to 7 billion, living standards have also improved in a dramatic fashion in many parts of the world. However, as the world’s population is projected to approach 9 billion people in 2040, we are challenged to not just meet basic needs but also to improve living standards throughout the world. Meeting this challenge will require an increase in energy use worldwide of about 35 percent, elevating risks associated with greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainability challenges are sophisticated and require multidisciplinary approaches towards formulating a solution. While science, engineering and technology provide the backbone to these solutions, other aspects such as behavioral sciences, public policy, economics, and law are equally important. Hence, the role of Research Universities being intellectual leaders in knowledge discoveries and in providing system level, multidisciplinary solutions is accentuated.
The NUSustainability cluster aims to bring together faculty members, students, and staff across NUS to work together, adopting a holistic approach to solve critical issues on sustainability. The cluster endeavors to conduct cross-disciplinary research leading to solutions for a prosperous and sustainable future for Singapore and the world. The cluster shall facilitate academia-industry collaborations for accelerating the process of research translation in solving real world problems.