Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

Transition to a sustainable society

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is the scientific institute for sustainability research and teaching of Utrecht University. We contribute to the transition to a sustainable society through scientific excellence in a multi-disciplinary environment. 

We work in multi-disciplinary teams of four research groups: Energy and Resources, Environmental Governance, Environmental Sciences and Innovation Studies.

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Scientific excellence

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is ranked 'Best Research Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Sciences' in the Netherlands (2007-2013).

Sustainability blog
Sustainability Blog

This blog is written by the junior researchers, PhD-students and post-docs of our institute. They want to share their ideas and scientific findings with you, while also showing you all the hurdles they had to take and fun situations they ran into, before they finally got to their results.



27 May 2015
Lieke Coppens wint H2O-prijs 2015
11 May 2015
Almost 1 million euros has been granted to the research project "Grage - Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas".
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1 May 2015
Our Graduate Programme has four grants available to fund PhD research projects in the area of Nature Conservation, Management and Restoration.

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development