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Cross Cutting Themes

ISET-International’s work focuses some of humanities most “wicked” problems—problems that are complex, messy, and with no easy or obvious solutions. These include issues such as:

  • adaptation to and resilience in the face of urbanization and climate change;
  • the trade-offs between water, energy, and the impacts climate change and rapid growth have on both;
  • the boundaries between vulnerability and poverty; and
  • how to gain traction in alleviation of these problems.

Linking all of these are issues of planning, disaster risk reduction and management, often in low-governance environments, and the need for increased capacity and training delivered in diverse contexts. These core themes and some of our publications associated with each are described in more detail in the links below.