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.



8 October 2015
The Executive Board of Utrecht University has appointed Professor Dr. Frank Biermann as professor of Global Sustainability Governance.
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7 October 2015
The sharing economy is a fast-growing phenomenon. People share their home or car on Internet platforms such as Airbnb, Relayrides and BlaBlaCar.
28 September 2015
Author and science philosopher Floris van den Berg has written several books and has recently published his new book Beter Weten (Better Knowledge).


6 November 2015 15:00 -
One hour webinar 'Quality Assessment of PV Systems by Analysis of System Performance'

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development