One of the WTI’s aims is to contribute to a better understanding of the legal, economic and political framework governing globalisation and sustainable development. We believe innovative responses hold the key to assuring sustainable development. The barriers, limits and costs of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and their impacts on cross-border trade, have to be understood and assessed. The WTI has an ongoing initiative to develop publicly available indicators of sustainability footprints. This includes CO2 and methane emissions supported by consumer spending, as well as forestry and water resources. Forward-looking analysis of resource dependency in production and consumption is also a part of our research. Related work includes climate-driven migration.

Our research and teaching contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and follows the Guidelines of the University of Bern.

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