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 July 2015
According to Detlef van Vuuren a maximal global average temperature increase of 2 degrees is an enormous task, but not impossible.
The coordinators and academic leader of the Academy for Ecosystem Services: Pita Verweij, René Boot and Marijke van Kuijk
8 July 2015
On Wednesday July 8th the Academy of Ecosystem Services was officially launched at Utrecht University
7 July 2015
Solar energy researchers from Utrecht University developed stained-glass panels with solar cells, that can generate electricity.

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