• A positive impact on the transition to a sustainable society

    We develop excellent and relevant knowledge, collaborating with citizens, politicians, policy makers, NGOs and firms to learn from each other and influence decision-making.
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    Cutting edge interdisciplinary research

    Our signature cross-topical themes—governance, modelling and transitions—cover central aspects of sustainability research and policy. Our five sustainability challenges, which include circular economy, energy, food, land and water, highlight our research strengths.
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  • Five research sections

    Our 260 researchers have a home in one of five research sections: Environmental Governance, Environmental Sciences, Innovation Studies, Energy & Resources and the Urban Futures Studio. Together we are the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.
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    Transformative education

    Society faces a multitude of complex sustainability challenges which require new ways of thinking and doing. We educate the change agents of the future through our two Bachelor's and six Master's programmes.
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  • News

    • Conference & Summit - Call for Abstracts

      Call for Abstracts:
      Conference & Summit - Land governance and the politics of fair transitions: Deepening the search for social justice
      IoS Fair Transitions Platform & LANDac
    • Turning the classroom into a social movement?

      Between November 2023 and January 2024, the Urban Futures Studio turned its’ annual Mixed Classroom into a fictive social movement. What can we learn from this experiment?
    • Notes on the utopian classroom

      Having spent much of my life in classrooms — as student or teacher, I have seen that learning goals and content only go so far. We must fundamentally reimagine the form of the classroom. Here I share my recent experiment in creating a utopian classroom.
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  • Events

    • 8 - 12 Jul

      Futuring for Sustainability Summer school 2024

      From 8-12 July 2024 the Urban Futures Studio hosts its annual 'Futuring for Sustainability' summer school in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Master- or PhD students can apply until 15 April 2024.
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