Sustainable Food Projects

Browse the diverse projects exploring Sustainable Food hosted at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

Ongoing projects

CropXR (2023-2033)
This project seeks to combine biological and computational science and technologies to create, optimise and utilize a revolutionary 'smart-data-breeding' concept. More.
Just CRISPR (2023-2027)

This project studies whether and how crop gene editing technologies (like CRISPR/Cas) can contribute to a just transition for smallholder farmers in the global South.  More.

Ad-RICCE (2022-2027)

How can we transition to climate-resilient rice farming in a way that is both effective and fair? Adaptive Rice Cultivation for a Changing Climate (Ad-RICCE) seeks to promote more climate resilience agriculture by rice farming in India by combining expertise in plant sciences, social sciences, and policy making. More.

Social-ecological histories (2022-2027)

This project aims to assess how social-ecological legacy effects following land-use change shape present-day human-mammal interactions, using a case-study in the Western Carpathian Mountains. More.

African Urban Futures (2022-)

This project aims to expand imaginaries about the possible futures for African cities to better achieve sustainability and justice outcomes, using infrastructure as an entry point. More.

Tipping the iceberg: Leveraging a food transition for indigenous communities in the Bering Sea

A team of researchers from Utrecht University and the Aleut community of St. Paul is working on a project to leverage a food system transition for the indigenous community on the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. More.

Protein Transition (2020-2025)

This interdisciplinary project aims to contribute to the acceleration of plant-based proteins using four different lenses: innovation system transitions, design studies, psychology, and consumer behaviour. More.

UNMAKING (2019-2024)

This project uses a novel interdisciplinary theory to explain whether, when and how grassroots agricultural initiatives unmake environmentally disruptive institutions and practices that are deeply ingrained in capitalist societies. More.