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. 

Our research contributes to improved knowledge related to all Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as set by the United Nations in 2015. However, we are especially strong in knowledge development related to the eight goals listed alongside.


31 July 2018
The findings can benefit nature conservation and restoration.
INHale UGlobe
24 July 2018
The INHaLE initiative was launched at the LANDac Annual International Conference.
20 July 2018
Researchers and students from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, involved in 6th UN Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6).


30 - 31
30 August 2018 09:00 - 31 August 2018 17:00
The conference is part of the many activities that are being organized during the 100 year anniversary of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).
30 August 2018 10:30 - 11:15
This thesis steps away from the idea that the consumer is the sole perpetrator of the obesity epidemic.
31 - 4
Oct Nov
31 October 2018 09:00 - 4 November 2018 17:00
The Winter School will combine a series of highly stimulating lectures and dialogues with interactive ‘writeshops’ focusing on participants’ work-in-progress.