Sustainability Science and Policy

Are you passionate about sustainable development? Would you like to ensure that the resources that we now have will still be available for future generations? And can you see yourself developing strategies to steer governments and companies towards sustainable behaviour? Then the master’s programme Sustainable Science and Policy is the perfect programme for you! This interdisciplinary programme focusses on different factors that affect sustainability, such as global dynamics, policy, governance and law. You'll also learn how to design, conduct and evaluate sustainability assessments. Upon graduation, you'll have all the training you need to pursue a career as a policy maker, sustainability coordinator, strategic policy analyst or a sustainability consultant, but careers in academia will also be open to you.

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  • The Master Sustainability Science and Policy provided an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of sustainability challenges
    Andrea Roxin (Namibia), Master Sustainability Science and Policy
  • I recommend this programme for prospective students that are willing to gain an understanding of the current pressures and challenges we're facing
    Guadalupe Amésquita Palacios (Peru) - Master Sustainability Science and Policy
  • Going back to university and studying this master’s is one of the best decisions I have ever made
    Melissa Hayes (the Netherlands/UK), Sustainability Science & Policy


  • ICIS - 20 years symposium

    20 years of sustainability research and education

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    ICIS, the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development at Maastricht University, presented itself in a sneak preview at its 20-year jubilee in May 2018.

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  • Melanie Kersten

    How to fix ‘water rush hour’ in Limburg?

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    Melanie Kersten, studying the master’s programme Sustainable Science & Policy, won the Water Innovation Challenge hosted by Limburg’s water utility company, WML.

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  • ICIS - Pieter Glasbergen - Life Time Achievement Award

    Life Time Achievement Award for ICIS Prof. Pieter Glasbergen

    Monday, June 18, 2018

    Prof. Pieter Glasbergen received the Life Time Achievement Award (LTA) for his research on Partnerships for Sustainable Development at the CSSI conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  • ICIS Julie Backhaus

    Largest European database of sustainable energy initiatives now online

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    Last year researchers from ICIS, Maastricht University’s institute for sustainable development, created an inventory of projects seeking to make a sustainable change to people’s energy consumption. Together with 10 research partners in the EU Horizon 2020 project ENERGISE, they gathered information on more than 1,000 projects and initiatives in 30 European countries.

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    GLOCULL project kick-off meeting in Maastricht

    Monday, May 28, 2018

    Challenges in food, water and energy systems are locally and globally connected. For local actors, including cities, it is difficult to anticipate whether solutions to one issue in the FWE-nexus are sustainable across food, water and energy systems, both at the local and the global scale. The GLOCULL project therefore aims to develop an Urban Living Lab approach for innovations in the FWE nexus that are locally and globally sustainable. To support future implementation of this approach, guidelines and a participatory assessment tool kit will be developed through co-creation in 7 Urban Living Labs, based on an integrated assessment of local-global interactions in the FWE nexus and transdisciplinary action-research in the local Living Labs. On May 16th ,17th and 18th GLOCULL university partners  came together in Maastricht to discuss the Living Lab experiments and project deliverables and to visit SUPERLOCAL, the Dutch Living Lab under investigation.

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    Symposium innovation for sustainable development

    Friday, May 18, 2018

    A global symposium about opportunities for local development and systems change.

    ICIS, the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development at Maastricht University, presents itself at its 20-year jubilee. This will be done through interactive lectures and workshops in English and Dutch based on parts of its work (transformation of society, the “new economy”, smart sustainable cities, living and urban labs, value (creation) and values, sustainability assessment and wicked sustainability problems). 

    Furthermore, there will be time to network or simply to meet and greet. If so, please come to Maastricht for a half day event. We hope to meet you at ICIS! 

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    The NurSus project has won the 2018 Guardian University Award

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    The NurSus project has won the 2018 Guardian University Award in the category 'Sustainability Project'.  The NurSus-project focused on developing open access online education materials for teaching sustainability in nursing and health care programmes. The NurSusTOOLKIT ( was funded by the Erasmus+ programme and developed by academics at Plymouth University (lead partner), University of Jaen, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and Maastricht University (ICIS). 

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    European project ENLEB approved

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    In ENLEB, Flemish and Dutch partners work together on the development of an integrated concept for making residential private homes more sustainable on the basis of co-creation, with the focus on self-sufficiency, so that homes remain energy-neutral even if the residents’ energy profile changes.

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  • Kick-off SMULLN project at City-makers Congress

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    On Friday, the 10th of November, ICIS presented and tested the LABkit with ca 50 participants of the “City-makers Congress” in Rotterdam.

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  • One project, two countries, three PhD candidates

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    No fewer than three academics from the Scientific Programme Indonesia-Netherlands (SPIN) will be obtaining their doctoral degree at Maastricht University (UM) in the coming week.

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    • Photo by ICIS Maastricht University

      The Open University Netherlands is looking for a PhD candidate in Future Urban Energy.

      Within this PhD research you will focus on future energy and demand and supply in urban areas. A successful energy transition can only be achieved if detailed information on past and future energy use and needs of consumers is known, if and how consumers behavior can be influenced for optimization, and how these transitions are depending on the social network.

      Application deadline: August 15th

      More information is available here:

      PhD candidate (1,0 fte)
      5 days 13 hours ago
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      New GLOCULL vacancy for postdocs– in Sao Paulo
      The GLOCULL project, coordinated by ICIS, aims to develop an Urban Living Lab approach for innovations in the Food-Water-Energy nexus that are locally and globally sustainable. The GLOCULL consortium exists of 7 international research partners from all over the world, including the University of São Paulo (USP). At USP they are currently hiring two post-doc researchers for the GLOCULL project. GLOCULL is supported by the Belmont Forum and JPI Urban as part of the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI). The positions at USP are also supported by FAPESP.

      GLOCULL - Inovações Alimento-Água-Energia globalmente e localmente sustentáveis em Laboratórios Urbanos Vivos - Oportunidades de Bolsas
      2 weeks 1 day ago
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      New paper by Bingtao Su and Pim Martens on the environmental impacts of food consumption of companion dogs and cats in Japan.

      Environmental impacts of food consumption by companion dogs and cats in Japan
      1 month 1 week ago