Is it possible and affordable to produce food responsibly and protect nature at the same time? Yes, says Vincent de Leijster, who investigated this for almond orchards in Spain and coffee plantations in Colombia.
Build onshore wind turbines, raise gas prices or maybe impose a meat tax? What does the Dutch population think about Dutch climate policy? Researchers from TU Delft and Utrecht University invite Dutch people to contribute their ideas.
In the Mixed Classroom of the Urban Futures Studio, students and policy staff investigate together how we imagine the future and how we can do better. With this innovative form of education in which students and professionals learn from and with each other, Utrecht University is competing for the Nederlandse Hogeronderwijspremie 2021.
Deltas have historically been the focus of human development. Some deltas became locked-in, too costly to return to natural states. Researchers conducted a historical analysis on anthropogenic pressures over the past 300 years over 48 deltas world-wide.
Scientists are less willing to cooperate with companies in their research. They prefer to do research together with fellow scientists. A study by Utrecht University and the Rathenau Institute has shown this.
In the science-policy interface scenarios to a low-carbon future are often made using Integrated Assessment Models. But there are many more ways to explore the future, such as visioning, gaming and speculative design. Why have IAMs become such dominant tools?
Smart Solar Charging was selected as one of five most innovative best practices in Europe of sustainable policy according to the Regiostars Awards organized by the European Commission. Starting from the Utrecht Region in The Netherlands, Smart Solar Charging develops and expands this sustainable energy system of tomorrow.
Circular Economy has become a popular discourse, but the actual definition and objectives are still unclear, inconsistent, and contested. What are the differences between all the visions and can they be classified?
For their paper The Impact of Transitioning to Shared Electric Vehicles on Grid Congestion and Management, Nico Brinkel, Tarek Alskaif en Wilfried van Sark received a Best Paper Award at the international Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST).