Society and Sustainability

The objective of the “Society and Sustainability - SAS” research program is to enhance scientific knowledge and disseminate awareness about some rapidly emerging themes that concern the relationship between sustainable development, society, and economic activities.

The program aims at encouraging the transition to the paradigm delineated in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which societies are represented as complex systems of interacting communities, companies, and public institutions, asked to strictly cooperate to improve the development, cohesion and environmental quality.

The activities of the SAS research program for the year 2017 concern two pillars, hereby presented, both facing sustainability but from different perspectives, with different analytical methods, expected policy results, and potential beneficiaries.

Firms, markets and sustainability

Climate risk management in companies

  • Identification, valuation, mitigation, and disclosure of climate risks, in collaboration with major firms in the agri-food, insurance, energy, and utilities sectors;
  • Assessment of the role of the financial sector;
  • Talks with firms and associations to raise the awareness about the risks associated to the climate change.

Sustainable business model innovation

  • Study of the relationship between societal change and business model innovation (low-carbon products and services, clean technologies, new relationships with customers and local communities) paying attention to enabling modes (non-financial disclosure, investors long-terminism, innovation spreading in companies).

Sustainable and resilient cities

Land-use change analytical models

  • Quantitative assessment of the existing relationships between urbanisation processes driven by changes in the demographic and economic trends and transport modes and results in terms of land uptake and urban patterns and, indirectly, of sustainability (GHG emissions, soil C-sink, water cycles) and urban resilience (impact on ecosystem services);
  • Qualitative analysis of nature-based solutions for cities decarbonisation and extreme events risks reduction;
  • Set-up of a high-resolution spatial econometric model accounting for spillover effects in forecasting land-use change in response to a change in the socio-economic and environmental scenarios.

Methods for the economic evaluation of ecosystem services

  • valuation of the costs caused by the alteration of natural ecosystems (and of the benefits accruing from their conservation) using non-market approaches;
  • analysis of market instruments to internalise the ecosystem services related external costs/benefits to prevent long-run inefficient human behaviours;
  • set-up of an evaluation model to integrate the role of ecosystem services in planning and natural resource management policies.
Ongoing Projects
Research project Ongoing Project
December 2016 / December 2017
New Indicators of Sustainability – New-IS
Research project Ongoing Project
March 2016 / December 2017
Disclosure, Measurement, Management and Mitigation of Climate Change Risk for Companies - De Risk-CO
Research project Ongoing Project
January 2017 / December 2017
Sustainable innovation of business model - InBMode
Research project Ongoing Project
January 2017 / December 2017
Low-carbon and resilient cities - Re-Cities
Research project Ongoing Project
January 2017 / December 2017
Economic valuation of ecosystem services - EcoValue
Research project Ongoing Project
February 2016 / February 2019
"Milano Sei l’Altro": un progetto di welfare comunitario / "Milano Sei L'Altro": a community welfare project
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