Many have long marvelled at humans’ capacity for technological innovation. Especially now, amid cascading environmental crises, technology seems to take on a magical quality. We acknowledge the many great things technological innovation has achieved. But holding faith with technological innovation alone is not only high risk: it ignores the exploitation of people and planet on which it depends.
Een nieuwe investering in een onderzoeksprogramma vormt het startsein voor het instituut CropXR, dat plantenbiologie, simulatiemodellen en kunstmatige intelligentie gaat integreren in slimme veredelingsmethoden.
When it comes to environmental politics, everywhere we look, there’s a feeling of being stuck. UN summits take one step forwards and two steps back. Scientists are gluing their papers to buildings and their hands to the road because governments are failing to act. Most of us look on dejectedly, wondering what we’re supposed to do, or why we should do it if no one else does.
The Urban Futures Studio and the African Centre for Cities launch www.infrahub.africa - a online database featuring sustainable infrastructure case studies from Africa as an entry point for imagining more sustainable, equitable cities.
We are excited to host a range of lectures and activities at the crossroads of the fair transitions and land governance debates in this year’s Summer School: Fair Transitions and the Politics of Land: Institutions and Imaginaries for Inclusive Futures. We hope it will draw many of you to Utrecht!
At Utrecht University, climate modellers from the IPCC are collaborating with two artists.. Article on the Pathways to Sustainability Conference and the cooperation with artists, originally written for NRC.
In contemporary conversation, “myth” is commonly used to mean “misconception”. The usage stems from colonial times when anthropologists differentiated between primitive religions, replete with myths, and the scientific worldview. But in creating this dichotomy, the children of the Enlightenment have been doing themselves a disservice.
Sixty-five students following the same Master’s programme at the same time, but scattered over and moving between the premises of five different European universities. It might sound peculiar, but this is exactly what CHARM-EU Master’s students do.
Max Rietkerk, Arjen Doelman, Ehud Meron and Isla Myers-Smith have received a €10 million ERC Synergy grant with their project RESILIENCE. They will investigate whether and how tipping points can be prevented or avoided.
The documentary 'New Connections', about the impact of energy transition in Rotterdam's Bospolder-Tussendijken neighbourhood, is now available online. The film is made by the Urban Futures Studio as part of a research project.
Researchers call for a profound overhaul of how we approach systems of food production, processing, distribution and consumption, and demand innovative, sustainable solutions to meet today’s urgent global challenges.
The immense challenge countries are facing in Glasgow is the consequence of postponing climate policy for years. We cannot continue to put problems ahead of us, Oreane Edelenbosch and Detlef van Vuuren argue.
The goal of the Paris climate agreement will become out of sight unless countries collectively show more ambition and take immediate action. That is the opinion of the five Dutch climate experts who contributed to the IPCC report.
Martin Calisto Friant, Kieran Campbell-Johnston, Kaustubh Thapa and Walter Vermeulen have disclosed three inconvenient truths about circular economy practices so far, and policy advises to deal with these.
The Oiconomy Price, developed by Dr Pim Croes and Dr Walter J.V. Vermeulen (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development), measures the cost distance to a fully sustainable alternative for the product, incorporating all triple-P aspects (Planet, People and Prosperity) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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).