Research in the Anthropocene

This institute presents interdisciplinary research that links diverse academic subjects and practises, e.g.:  Earth Sciences, Philosophy, global histories, Anthropology, Urban planning, Education and the Arts. The goal is to set a viable course for habitation in the future …


The contemporary moment requires collective action, and unified efforts of academics, policy makers, and global community activists. The naming of this epoch as the Anthropocene signals the momentous changes that result from anthropocentric inhabitation of the Earth. Rather than taking a moralistic or limited approach to this habitation, and, the future of this habitation; the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene (IIRA) has the primary aims of framing such processes, thinking through their consequences, and deciding upon what can be done.

Thinking practices for the Anthropocene

Scientific investigation about the facts of anthropocentric planetary change, and understanding how to mitigate against these changes, are not enough to make the reversals necessary to survive what is sometimes called ‘the sixth great extinction event’. Environmental groups lose out to bodies able to manipulate the messages of science to serve profit-driven purposes. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene addresses this situation as one of its priorities, and the ‘thinking practices for the Anthropocene’ are beyond surplus thinking in order to move from known facts, to ways around culturally and socially determined impasses, embodied by the human effects of the Anthropocene.