UNU-IAS Policy Brief Series

  • img-PB3UNU-IAS Policy Briefs present analysis and policy recommendations for addressing sustainability challenges, in a short and accessible format. The series aims to inform high-level policymaking and debates, enhancing research uptake and providing actionable recommendations for decision-makers at the global, national and local levels.

    Each policy brief is the result of UNU-IAS research within the institute’s four thematic areas: governance for sustainable development, biodiversity & society, water & resource management, and innovation & education. Launched in 2015, the series is designed to complement more in-depth UNU-IAS academic publications such as journal articles, books and working papers. An external peer review process engages both scholars and policymakers to ensure quality, accuracy and added value.

    This publication series is a key initiative for the policy development role that is at the core of the UNU-IAS mandate. It recognizes that strengthening links between research and policymaking is critical to advancing global sustainability, as emphasised in global agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    All UNU-IAS Policy Briefs are available to read and download through UNU Collections.


    Latest Policy Briefs

    Harnessing Adequate, Safe, and Affordable Housing for the Urban Poor to Achieve the SDGs in Cities

    No. 29, 2021

    This brief examines the direct and indirect linkages between adequate, safe, and affordable housing (SDG 11) and other SDGs. The authors draw on recent literature and best practices in Asia and the Pacific to offer recommendations on strengthening these interlinkages in efforts to meet the Global Goals. Written by Mahesti Okitasari, Ranjeeta Mishra, Hiromi Masuda, and Masachika Suzuki, the brief is an output of the UNU-IAS Governance for Sustainable Development project.

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    Advancing Multiple Values of Water in Water Policy & Management in Asia

    No. 28, 2021

    This brief explores the complex challenges of water insecurity in Asia and its broader impact on well-being, health, security, and education. Drawing on research in India, it advocates a multidisciplinary approach to water governance that extends beyond economic development. Authored by Giulia Roder, Geetha Mohan, Saroj K. Chapagain, and Kensuke Fukushi, the brief is an output of the UNU-IAS Water for Sustainable Development project.

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    Improving Community Acceptance of Sustainable Low-income Housing: Lessons from Mumbai & Surabaya

    No. 27, 2021

    This brief puts forward recommendations on strengthening community support for technology and sustainable design in affordable housing projects. Drawing on research in Mumbai and Surabaya, it offers advice to help policymakers and housing practitioners transition towards more sustainable practices and advance efforts to achieve SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The brief is co-authored by Mahesti Okitasari, Ranjeeta Mishra, Hiromi Masuda, and Masachika Suzuki. It is based on research conducted as part of the UNU-IAS Governance for Sustainable Development project.

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