ICRE8 is a not-for-profit, private Research Centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the Environment, Energy, Economy, Eco-innovations and their electronic versions (hence E8). The overarching goal of the Centre is to promote the understanding and implementation of Sustainable Development, as the only non-self-destructive path of socio-economic development. Central to ICRE8’s mission is the pursuit of excellence in conducting and presenting research and a commitment to explore relevant environmental, natural resources and energy issues, for a variety of circumstances and stakeholders and across different temporal and spatial scales.
The Centre’s research expertise includes financial analysis, socio-economic and econometric analysis, mathematical modeling, environmental valuation, political and institutional analysis, integrated environmental-economic modeling, cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis, life cycle analysis, risk analysis, geographical information systems, multi-stakeholder mediations techniques, game theory, information technologies and decision making tools development.
ICRE8 is reinforcing ReSEES work with an exceptionally successful record of attracting funding for long and short run research projects: eleven research projects over less than two years of operation, six of them Horizon 2020 projects. Relevant Details available below:
ICRE8 Projects: www.icre8.eu/icre8-projects
ReSEES Ongoing Projects: www.icre8.eu/resees-ongoing-projects
ReSEES Completed Projects: www.aueb.gr/users/koundouri/resees/projects.html
The academic field of Sustainable Development is by its nature multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary. Economics has always been at the core of the idea of sustainable development. Despite the substantial academic and research activity on the many aspects of sustainable development there are few research centers devoted to the political economy dimension of sustainable development. The political economy of sustainable development focuses, inter alia, on how institutions, the political environment and the economy interact and influence each other and thus form the underlying conditions that allow or prevent sustainable development. The importance of the political economy dimension is apparent when considering the failings of the global community to take adequate climate action in view of the unprecedented scientific consensus for its need. The obstacles to concerted action can be found in the way that political and economic power prevent the necessary institutional, political, and economic changes that will bring about a transition to a low carbon economy. The recent crisis in Greece has revealed in the toughest way the many failings of achieving sustainable development as well as the deeper political economy causes underlying these. The lab is dedicated to researching this crucial political economy dimension of sustainable development as well as promoting teaching and student involvement in these matters.