"If we carry on the way we’re doing, we’ll have bigger problems in the future than most of us realise"
Student Alex Werner (Energy and Materials track)
[...] “I’m focused on my studies. I think Sustainable Development is a field the world should have focused on a long time ago, because if we carry on the way we’re doing, we’ll have bigger problems in the future than most of us realise. It almost goes without saying that sustainable development is therefore very significant.” Read the full interview with Alex Werner
"I had always felt a strong need to be in contact with the people we work with and for"
Alumnus Teun Smorenburg (International Development track)
“Although being part of the academic world is very inspiring, I had always felt a strong need during my studies to be in contact with the people we work with and for. Hence, when I had to choose a specialisation, the international development track appealed to me most, because I could go on fieldwork twice. During these periods abroad, I saw with my own eyes what corporate (ir)responsibility, low payment, gender imbalances, land grabbing, poverty traps, the role of middlemen in trade etc. really mean. Moreover, by speaking to people in real life, I have gained good in-depth knowledge of these concepts and learnt so much more than I could ever have learnt just by reading about them. This knowledge is very useful nowadays when I need to assess project proposals, set up research work, and/or interpret reports. These are tasks I carry out as part of my current trainee position at UTZ: a role I secured while being enrolled in the Advanced Master International Development (AMID) in Nijmegen.”
"Student signs sustainable proteins covenant"
Alumnus Wesley Malcorps (Environmental Change and Ecosystems track)
The Master’s multidisciplinary natural science approach, with its focus on interaction between humans, physical and biotic environment, allows you to develop competences for understanding and reducing the impact of production and consumption patterns.
These competences were useful for my work at MatureDevelopment BV, a company focusing on sustainable technology and processes in the food & feed industry. As a representative of that company, I had the opportunity to sign the sustainable proteins covenant (facilitated by MVO Netherlands) together with Minister Ploumen (Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation), Ministry of Economic Affairs, multiple companies and branch organisations.
The goal of this covenant is to advance global sustainable production and promote the consumption of high-quality green proteins; an excellent example of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
"The multidisciplinary approach makes for an interesting mix of fellow students"
Alumnus Gerard Roemers (Earth System Governance track)
"The thing I like most about the programme is the fact that there is plenty of room to explore your personal interests. After finishing my degree in Human Geography, I wanted to find a Master's in which I would be able to study problems not only from the perspective of the social sciences, but also include approaches derived from the natural sciences. Although this track is focused on the social sciences, the three joint courses with students from other tracks of Sustainable Development allow me to get a grasp on questions related to the natural sciences as well. Furthermore, through choosing the right electives, you can steer your programme in the direction you want. The multidisciplinary approach makes for an interesting mix of fellow students. And the personal and direct contact with the professors makes the academic environment very inspiring.”
"After finishing my Master's degree I started working at a consultancy company"
Alumna Mariëlle Corsten (Energy and Materials track)
"After finishing my Master’s degree, I started working at a consultancy company focusing on waste and resource management. Currently I am involved in a project about waste management in the chemical industry. This project has offered me a very good opportunity to gain insight in how the industry tries to combine commercial business and sustainable development. Another interesting project I worked on was about the provision of low carbon energy solutions for the poorest people. This project was executed together with Utrecht University and the Energy and Resources Institute in Delhi and gave me the opportunity to spend four weeks in India. In these projects, I have experienced that both technical and social aspects of sustainable energy and materials management are critical to finding acceptable solutions for the different energy and resource problems."