Sustainable Communities and Environment


The Ipsos Social Research Institute’s Sustainable Communities and Environment unit incorporates research into environmental topics including climate change, energy, natural resource management, water, coastal issues and waste management, as well as emergency management and risk communication.

Our aim is to make an ongoing, positive contribution to issues in relation to environmental and social sustainability.

Sustainable communities and environment

The Sustainable communities and environment unit has conducted over 200 studies across Australia covering energy and water usage, conservation and management; sustainability; land and natural resource management; waste management; public land management; conflict resolution and a wide range of agricultural issues.  In addition, the unit has been building experience in natural hazards, emergency management and risk communication research.

Our clients

We work with national and state government agencies, statutory bodies, utility companies, R&D corporations, and universities.

Areas of expertise

Our team consists of highly skilled consultants whose expertise encompasses the social sciences and the natural environment.

Specific areas of experience and expertise include the following.

  • Behaviour change research
  • Stakeholder research
  • Community engagement, particularly around contentious environmental issues
  • Attitudinal and behavioural segmentations
  • Communications and campaign development, concept testing, and evaluation
  • Risk perception and risk communication research

What we do

We employ a range of research methodologies to deliver strategically focused reports.  We understand that studying complex issues relating to environmental and social sustainability requires careful planning and we tailor our methodologies to meet clients’ specific needs. Our services include but are not limited to the following.

  • Measuring and exploring attitudes and behaviours towards the environment and sustainability
  • Understanding drivers and barriers towards environmentally sustainable behaviours
  • Measuring the effectiveness of communication campaigns designed to encourage sustainable behaviours
  • Exploring the social acceptability of natural resource and waste management policies
  • Using research as means to instigate dialogue where conflict exists
  • Understanding the interaction and gaps between environmental attitudes and behaviours
  • Understanding community perceptions of risks and hazards and developing effective methods for engaging with at risk communities