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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.


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  • 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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    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 (www.nursus.eu) 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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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