We contribute to a sustainable future by means of transdisciplinary research

Pathways to Sustainability

Sustainability research at Utrecht University is exceptionally strong and covers many different fields. Having the unique combination of top-notch fundamental natural science research, modelling, and scholarship in innovation, transition, governance and finance, Utrecht University, as a broad research university, is at the forefront of innovation in sustainability research.

The focus is on identifying and understanding transformative pathways in four hubs:

Our focus is on identifying and understanding transformative pathways

Pathways to Sustainability is one of the strategic themes of Utrecht University. Excellent researchers from the humanities, social and natural sciences work together with external partners to develop a more sustainable society.


28 August 2019 09:00 - 30 August 2019 18:00
On 28–30 August 2019 the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law will host the 7th annual European Environmental Law Forum conference.
Sustainability - Future Energy and Resources
26 September 2019 13:15 - 18:30
Utrecht University organizes an Expert Dialogue to engage in the discussion on the EU’s attempts to enhance the goal of sustainability.
11 October 2019 09:00 - 18:00
During this symposium FFU will critically assess the report and investigate its relevance for research and policy-making on food systems in the Netherlands


14 August 2019
Urgent action is needed to minimise the disruption of sediment delivery and improve the resilience of deltas, concludes by a new study lead by Dr Frances Dunn.
9 August 2019
Calculations by hydrologists from Utrecht University formed the basis for the 2019 Water Risk Atlas.
9 August 2019
Utrecht University PhD researcher Ann-Hélène Faber explores chemical risks to the water system at a tight gas development in the Netherlands.