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.



24 August 2016
Climate and environmental research and energy research score respectively 13th and 24th in the Shanghai ranking.
Global Sustainability Science
26 July 2016
Global Sustainability Science teaches students all about sustainability issues in a range of disciplines and how to view them from an international perspective.
12 July 2016
The major part of solar power systems that took part in the Tel de Zon campaign turns out to perform well to excellently.


23 September 2016 14:30 - 15:15
Deforestation in North and East Kalimantan, Indonesia can be prevented, writes PhD student Carina van der Laan. But only with strict measures.

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development