Research institutes

International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS)

ICIS is Maastricht University’s scientific institute for sustainable development. ICIS vision is that research, education and learning for sustainable development provides a knowledge base for policymaking and innovation in the pursuit of sustainability. ICIS contributes to the scientific debate about sustainable development, but also tries to achieve a constructive social impact towards sustainability in practice. Therefore ICIS collaborates intensively with other partners, such as governments, business, NGOs and other research institutes. ICIS is hosting MUST, the Graduate School which offers a PhD programme and Master programme in Sustainability Science and Policy.

ICIS, your knowledge partner for sustainable development.

News

  • Interview: The transition to a new economy

    Friday, September 1, 2017
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  • The Garden of Eden is in Maastricht

    Thursday, July 6, 2017
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  • ICIS - Lab kit

    Final URB@Exp conference launches Guidelines and LAB kit for urban lab practitioners

    Friday, June 30, 2017

    From 7-8 June 2017, the URB@Exp project consortium held a final conference in the city of Graz, Austria to present and discuss the results of this 3-years transdisciplinary research project co-funded by JPI Urban Europe.

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  • Liard Kranen

    Master Sustainability Science and Policy alumnus Liard Kranen wins waste innovation challenge!

    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    In February the NVRD (The largest national waste management association of the Netherlands), the City of Maastricht and Maastricht University EDLAB launched an innovation challenge for solutions for the problem of dumped waste.

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  • Pim Martens

    On the huggability and emotions of animals

    Monday, May 8, 2017 Read more
  • ICIS and UNU-MERIT World Leading Institutes

    What Next for ‘World Leading’ UNU-MERIT & ICIS?

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    A committee of four Dutch and German professors gave the institutes very high marks for societal relevance, research quality and viability during an independent assessment.

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  • Refugee evening

    Maastricht University hosts event on importance of education for refugees

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    On Monday evening 27 March, in a full auditorium of the Maastricht University administration building, various institutions presented the results of a unique and intensive cooperation to support the integration of refugees. Since the fall of 2015, these organisations have closely collaborated to support refugees in this region in finding suitable education.

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  • Sjeng Kremers

    ICIS Alumna Annika de Flor wins Kremers Award

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Annika de Flor has won the Kremers Award for her Master thesis: 'Water-related Ecosystem Services in the Environmental Impact Assessments in the Peruvian mining industry’.

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  • ENERGISE

    Energise Europe

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Across 30 European countries, researchers of ICIS, Maastricht University’s scientific institute for sustainable development, and their research partners are searching for projects that seek to change people’s energy consumption at home. The target is to collect information on 1,000 projects that will inspire the design and implementation of 16 Living Labs in eight countries to study individual and collective influences on energy consumption

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  • ICIS - ENERGISE

    ENERGISE project meeting in Maastricht

    Friday, March 10, 2017

    Two months after the official project kick-off, delegates of the ten organisations participating in the ENERGISE consortium convened in Maastricht to review the work done so far and to plan the tasks ahead.

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Research

ICIS works from sustainability science, an emerging field trying to bring together science, policy and society to find answers to sustainable development challenges and to formulate new pathways to contribute to sustainability.

ICIS researchers are involved in the conceptualization of sustainable development (making it operational in a meaningful way); the study of systems of governance (how sustainability issues are taken up by different actors); evaluating sustainability initiatives in business, policy and civic society; and theorizing and empirical analysis of innovation trajectories and sustainability transitions.

Research Lines

  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Social Innovation and Transformation
  • Partnerships for Sustainability Certification

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Education

The Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science & Policy (MUST) is based at ICIS, which offers a PhD programme and Master programme to study the complex challenge of sustainable development in an international and interdisciplinary ambience. ICIS provides also sustainable development courses at Bachelor level for other units at Maastricht University.

The PhD programme offers the opportunity to specialize in a sustainable development topic. In the Master programme special attention is paid to sustainability assessment in the broader context of innovation and governance for sustainable development.

Topics ICIS focuses on:

  • health and environment
  • biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • energy, transport and climate
  • eco-innovation
  • sustainable business models
  • sustainable urban development
  • global certifying partnerships for agricultural commodities