Institute for Sustainability

Who are we?

The Institute for Sustainability (IS.UPC) is a basic unit of the UPC that functions as an institute and promotes and carries out research on sustainability. It aims to:


  • Strengthen the postgraduate programmes that it organises and coordinates (the master’s degree in Sustainability and the doctoral degree in Sustainability).
  • Open up sustainability research to as many of the University’s researchers as possible.
  • Make the management of the University a focus of the Institute’s activity, as both a source of research demands and a field of study and experimentation.
  • Stimulate debate on the results of research carried out at the IS.UPC, and disseminate results to the university community and society as a whole.
  • Engage and interact with society, and give support to civil society’s demands, with the aim of promoting progress towards more sustainable models.


The Institute’s mission is to generate the technical and conceptual tools needed to create a more sustainable production model, and to collaborate in the UPC’s endeavour to provide scientific and technical support for social, cultural and economic progress.

The IS.UPC is active in the following areas, where it focuses on sustainable development in architecture, science and engineering:



Postgraduate and doctoral education, and other specialised teaching activities, whether or not they lead to the award of academic qualifications.

Technology transfer

Internal promotion of a culture of sustainability (UPC 2015 Sustainability Plan).

To find out more

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