Thematic Research Areas


The RSDP is focused on three of the most dynamic areas of inquiry that are critical in shaping our world. We co-create sustainable solutions while training the participants in complex system design thinking using world-class research, embedded knowledge, and enquiring techniques:


  1. Sustainable Investment

    How best to create innovation in public policy to facilitate long term private sector investment? As what was once a niche activity reaches the tipping point and becomes mainstream, the RSDP is focused on providing an impartial academic view on what investments are truly beneficial to both investors and recipient societies and which are not. This highly nuanced subject is at early stages of development and our interest is to ensure the very constructive developments now taking place are built on the most solid basis possible.

    The Social Investment and Governance Markers Analysis (SIGMA) applies the Cambridge Value Mapping tools to ensure maximum impact and sound recovery rates by engaging stakeholders proactively throughout the chain. The value mapping tool has been used by more than 165 companies to ensure responsible and impactful business models.

  2. Good Governance

    How to achieve resilient governance of these fast moving developments in often complex local situations? Industrial sustainability, financial stability and social diversity are the foundations of any economy. They depend on the performance of the public sector to ensure public goods and services are delivered adequately and efficiently to fulfill the needs of the private sector. Local private sector development, regardless of its status in the global value chain, always has the need for scaling up, moving up and catching up to withstand internal and external market challenges and tradeoffs. We have studied good governance and have developed tools, frameworks and methods to help public and private players to make the right decisions.

    Institutional Feasibility Study (IFS) framework evaluate performance of government regulatory institutions and make necessary adjustments for improvements and augmentations. The IFC analysis was used for the formation of the UN’s Dead Sea Resilience Agenda in 2014.

  3. Responsible Innovation

    How can technology be harnessed to deliver step changes in sustainable wealth creation and public good? The huge leaps being enabled by technology, in communications, AI, blockchain or 3D printing are reshaping developed economies, but are also beginning to profoundly influence the growth potential of emerging economies. They can be forces for good, for example in solving distribution problems in rural healthcare, or can present real challenges to resource poor countries whose main offering is labour. Being at the cutting edge of this revolution enables the RSDP to bring together all the relevant stakeholders to help maximize the potential and manage the challenges created.

    Cambridge Value Mapping tools contributed to the Resilience modelling exercise of physical, economic and social system for led by European Commission for the 2030 Global Agenda.

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