To answer this question, Trucost reviewed the number of sustainability related academic publications and courses, and examined how natural capital is being incorporated into the academic agenda through several course examples. The following assessment is a meta-analysis that aggregates and builds upon research into aspects that have been completed previously by a number of organizations and individuals. The aim is to provide a more holistic review by combining relevant research with higher education’s green agenda and the extent that such institutions are focusing on natural capital.
Among the results are that, during the last decade, the number of sustainability focused research publications has increased by almost 200%. However, research into natural capital only makes up 10% of sustainability publications. This presents open research opportunities in the field of business and natural environment at the cutting edge of business management and scientific debates.