Institute for Sustainable Futures
Collaborate with our University experts and specialists
Gain insight and help drive sustainable growth in your industry
The Institute for Sustainable Futures (iSF) is one of our three Innovation Institutes at Birmingham City University.
iSF can help businesses and organisations (both public and private) drive innovative regional and international projects, addressing the need for finding sustainable solutions to challenges that affect your organisation. We are currently working with partners in the UK, India and the USA.
iSF can help you develop in the following areas:
- Renewable energy
- Advanced manufacturing (Automotive)
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Energy Management
Our social, economic and environmental expertise can help you
iSF will help your business access the university insight and knowledge it needs through collaboration initiatives with experts from across Birmingham City University’s four faculties. Having carefully considered the objectives of your project, we will select academics with social, economic and environmental expertise specifically tailored to drive through practical solutions to challenges that impact your organisation.
Our key thematic areas
iSF focuses on key themes that match the challenges and demands of businesses and organisations interested in developing and researching sustainable methods. These key thematic areas include:
Low Carbon - With low carbon initiatives being put in place across both the private and public sector we have the ability to develop more environmentally sustainable processes long into the future. These include renewable energy, bioremediation and biorefining.
Automotive - With the automotive industry being key to the UK economy, projects such as the reduction of carbon emissions using lightweight material technologies, autonomous vehicle development, energy management and fuel analysis have the ability to transform the industry and generate more business.
Digital - With the recent rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), we now have the ability to collect and measure data to monitor and regulate temperature, air quality and traffic in order to better improve urban development for smarter cities.
Construction - Improving the environmental and social impact of buildings, including public housing, through zero carbon construction, Business Information Modelling (BIM), fuel poverty, energy management and energy-saving initiatives.
Examples of current iSF academic and industry collaborations
- Lightweight technologies - Working with metal supplier Meridian to produce lightweight magnesium that reduces automotive carbon emissions.
- SPARKS - Utilising the power of state-of-the-art lighting technologies to promote greater connectivity, health and mobility in urban areas.
- Autonomous vehicles - Collaborating with Westfield Sportscars to bring state-of-the-art driverless cars to the West Midlands.
- Big Data Corridor - Working with SMEs to understand ways and benefits from using data from the IoT.
- Digital Catapult - Producing a secure platform where data providers can mix closed data sets to get detailed insights into business trends.
- Sensor Park - Working with Drayson Technologies to create the world’s first sensor park, measuring air quality and pollution in a recreational environment.
Would you like to collaborate with iSF?
Please send us an enquiry selecting 'Institute for Sustainable Futures'. We will then get in touch to see how an iSF collaboration can help you achieve your goals.