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.


21 August 2019
A recent publication by Utrecht University researchers suggests that coffee certification programmes may be an avenue for large scale climate adaptation.
15 August 2019
Institutions for Open Societies is pleased to announce that dr. Lea Fuenfschilling (Lund University) will come to Utrecht University as IOS Visiting Fellow.
9 August 2019
Utrecht University PhD researcher Ann-Hélène Faber explores chemical risks to the water system at a tight gas development in the Netherlands.


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28 August 2019 09:00 - 30 August 2019 18:00
On 28–30 August 2019 the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law will host the 7th annual European Environmental Law Forum conference.
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2 September 2019 09:00 - 4 September 2019 17:00
From 2 to 4 September 2019, the 2nd Annual Conference on the Geography of Innovation and Complexity will take place.
17 September 2019 16:15 - 17:15
PhD Dissertation of Iris Pit