Areas of focus include examining what is the future for fossil fuels and other extractive industries (especially coal, oil and natural gas), forest governance in light of continued illegal logging and deforestation, and ocean governance.

Natural resources are vital for the future sustainability of major industries such as agriculture, mining, tourism, fisheries and forestry. Research is carried out in areas such as land use planning, water management, biodiversity conservation, and the scientific and technical understanding of resources governance.