The aim of the Institute for Sustainability Studies (ISS) is to catalyze, facilitate and coordinate research to promote sustainable development, and address pressing problems of how to meet the needs of the present without adversely affecting future generations. These challenges are rarely limited to single disciplines. They require an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on competence from various fields. As an interdisciplinary institute within the University of Iceland the ISS is in a key position to bring together experts from all disciplines within and outside the University
The ISS also contributes to the development of interdisciplinary graduate study programs in Environment & Natural Resources and Public Health Sciences. The ISS strives ot promote public awareness and understanding of sustainable development through open lectures and conferences.