Sustainable Development Goals

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 (SDGs) as set by the United Nations in 2015. However, we are especially strong in knowledge development related to the eight goals listed below.


22 March 2019
Stef Koop developed three tools that cities can use to gain insight into their water management performance and governance capacity.
13 March 2019
A new UN report with contributions from Utrecht University concludes that the world is not on track to achieve internationally agreed environmental targets.
13 March 2019
Every year this conference brings together 200 international researchers from disciplines such as innovation management, entrepreneurship and public policy.


25 March 2019 16:15 - 17:00
PhD defence of Stef Koop.
27 March 2019 17:00 - 20:00
The Geohouse debate series is an initiative of the Geosciences Honours College. On 27 March students and staff will debate about the rising sea-level.
8 - 10
8 July 2019 09:00 - 10 July 2019 19:00
The 17th International Open and User Innovation Conference will be held from July 8-10, 2019 at the Utrecht University School of Economics.