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.


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.
2 February 2018
Researchers at Utrecht University have set out a framework for modelling the complexities of food and water security under globalisation and urbanisation
Verticaal bos
15 December 2017
The conclusion of a group of researchers including some from Utrecht University is that policy worldwide is insufficiently adapted to climate change.


23 February 2018 16:15 - 17:45
In this thesis, David Bijl contributes to model-based scenario analyses based on independently progressing trends and various policy options.
23 April 2018 09:00 - 17:00
Organized by Koen Frenken and sponsored by the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies.