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The UPC Research Group in Sustainability, Technology and Humanism (STH) was established in 2004 by the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability.


The UPC’s Research Group in Sustainability, Technology and Humanism (STH) was established in 2004 by the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability (CUS) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). As of 2013, a second stage was initiated as an interdisciplinary group, now with members from the following departments of the UPC: Department of Fluid Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mining Engineering and Natural Resources, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Textile and Paper Engineering, Department of Computer Languages and Systems, Department of Computer Architecture, Department of Applied Mathematics III, Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, and the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Sustainability.

Other members include non-UPC staff, who are working very actively, all contributing to the interdisciplinary nature of the group. From January 1, 2015, we are a Singular Research Group of the UPC. Our Research Objectives can be found in the following subsection:

 

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES OF THE STH:
a)
Sustainable human development
b)
Technology and technological policies for sustainable human development; sustainable production and consumption; energy policy and climate change; green economy
c)
Sustainable management of natural resources and waste and the environment in general; sustainability of urban environment
d)
To deepen, contextualise, measure, model and realise future scenarios in the context of the sustainability paradigm
e)
Social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability, all contributing to develop processes, directions and cross-disciplinary work goals alongside academics of sustainability, technology and human sciences
f)
The imbalances and inequalities of globalization, as well as their composition, evolution and democratic governance towards sustainable human development
g)
Better education in sustainability
h)
Human rights and sustainability, cooperation and sustainability; territorial development and sustainability
i)
Politics, decision making and democratic governance of/towards sustainability, in the context of international agendas followed by international organisations
j)
To influence the governance of climate change and the agendas of the UNFCCC
k)
The social impacts of science and technology
m) Promoting peace through education, science, culture and communication (UNESCO)