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Sustainable Development Futures
Inspiring transitions to sustainable energy

The Sustainable Development Futures (SDF) research group at the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) conducts energy and climate research and designs and implements capacity-building projects in the developing regions of the world, namely the Mekong region and the Caribbean, as well as increasingly in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Energy choices made in developing countries today have long-ranging consequences, both in terms of investments and impacts on climate. Energy is in numerous ways linked to efforts to reduce poverty, improve human welfare and raise living standards. Energy solutions have long term impacts on the environment, economy and society. Securing access to affordable, safe, clean and sustainable energy is one of the greatest challenges in the near future.

Sustainable Development Futures research group aims to promote transitions to sustainable energy in the developing regions of the world through collaboration, networking, research and capacity building. Our research focus is on energy production, access and consumption, climate change initiatives, climate and energy policies, environmental governance, and sustainable livelihoods.


  • 3 on-going projects

  • 13 current partner countries

  • 23 completed projects

  • 150 and more publications since 2001


Rehtorinpellonkatu 3, Turku

Åkerlundinkatu 2, Tampere

Korkeavuorenkatu 25, Helsinki
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