The Institute's Strategic Research Areas have been revised with research now arranged around four thematic areas. These themes are broad, stable platforms upon which a number of projects may be operating at any time, and on more than one platform. Members may undertake projects in one or a number of themes, and may move between themes as they start and finish projects.
This re-organisation of research enables ILWS to continue to combine its research strengths in biophysical, social and economic research, and respond to opportunities. It also provides a base for integration of information from across the many disciplines and fields of study represented within ILWS. These include ageing, aquatic science and management, the arts, biodiversity, consumer behaviour, communication, computer science, criminology, cultural heritage, ecology, economics, eco-agriculture, environmental economics, environmental management, environmental chemistry, engineering, emergency management, ethics, law and criminal justice, information studies, marketing, modelling, political science, regional development and entrepreneurship, rural health, social accountancy, social science, sociology, spatial science, tourism, and welfare economics.