Transition to a sustainable society

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 (SDG’s) as set by the United Nations in 2015. However, we are especially strong in knowledge development related to the eight goals listed alongside.


20 July 2018
Researchers and students from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, involved in 6th UN Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6).
19 July 2018
Utrecht University researchers spoke to employees of BNP Paribas in Amsterdam and London about the role of the private sector in a climate change world.
16 July 2018
Utrecht University is hiring four PhD candidates through an ERC Advanced Grant for a novel project analysing the steering effects of the Global Goals.


30 - 31
30 August 2018 09:00 - 31 August 2018 17:00
The conference is part of the many activities that are being organized during the 100 year anniversary of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).
31 - 4
Oct Nov
31 October 2018 09:00 - 4 November 2018 17:00
The Winter School will combine a series of highly stimulating lectures and dialogues with interactive ‘writeshops’ focusing on participants’ work-in-progress.
5 - 8
5 November 2018 09:00 - 8 November 2018 17:00
Join the 2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance, to be held 5-8 November 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.