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We make a relevant and significant contribution to the scholarly and political debate about governance for sustainability by analysing, explaining and evaluating modes of governance.

Governance for sustainability

The Environmental Governance group formulates recommendations about interventions that have the potential to make governance outcomes more congruent with sustainability goals. Special attention is given to the the dimensions of stakeholders, institutions and the content of modes of governance. The research is based on both empirical-analytical approaches (retrospective and explanatory oriented) and normative approaches (prescriptive and design orientated).

Governance of Sustainable Development

There is broad consensus that ‘governance’ is a pivotal domain for the realization of societal transformation processes towards sustainable development. Stimulating sustainable development requires transitions that cannot be made by individuals alone. Thus, sustainable development is a matter of collective action. This type of collective action has long been treated as an exclusive responsibility of governments. However, we must recognize that other actors, like businesses, NGOs and citizens, play an important role as well. In an attempt to further our understanding of the factors that facilitate or stimulate sustainable development, the program explicitly focuses on ‘governance’, i.e.the process of interaction between public and/or private actors ultimately aiming at the realization of collective goals.

Our researchers have a background in public administration, sociology, planning, policy analysis and law. We are involved in several international networks.