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.


Alternatieve scenario's
13 April 2018
Researchers from Utrecht University and PBL conclude that the Paris Climate Agreement goals can be attained with less negative emissions than previously shown.
6 April 2018
Prof Frank Biermann from Utrecht University has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for his research into the Sustainable Development Goals.
28 March 2018
The increasing integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity system has resulted in a quest for flexibility.


23 April 2018 09:00 - 17:00
Organized by Koen Frenken and sponsored by the Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies.
14 May 2018 16:15 - 17:15
Wolfgang Eichhammer was appointed Professor of Energy Efficiency and Energy System Modelling at Utrecht University.
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.