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.


IJsbeer op ijsschots
6 March 2018
Climate researchers from Utrecht University and PBL show that that there are ways to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C instead of 2.0˚C by 2100.
SEAC Roadmap
2 March 2018
Wilfried van Sark from Utrecht University has participated in creating a new roadmap for PV systems and applications in The Netherlands.
Veel uitstoot
7 February 2018
Ending fossil fuel subsidies would have a relatively small impact on greenhouse gas emissions, researchers from Utrecht University have found.


23 April 2018 09:00 - 17:00
Organized by Koen Frenken and sponsored by the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies.
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.
5 - 8
5 November 2018 09:00 - 8 November 2018 17:00
Join the 2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance, to be held 5-8 November 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.