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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.


ICIS, your knowledge partner for sustainable development.


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  • keuzegids masters 2019

    UM number one in ‘Keuzegids Masters 2019’

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019

    According to the Keuzegids Masters 2019, Maastricht University is the best university in the Netherlands, a shared position with the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 

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  • A knowledge agenda for a healthy urban environment

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    In the soon-to-be completed first phase of ZonMw project "Making space for health in the city: towards a South Limburg knowledge agenda", knowledge gaps were identified about how our urban living environment influences health. A whole range of methods was employed. Let's highlight two methods that were a bit more out-of-the box.

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  • ENLEB Interreg

    Siemen shares his ENLEB experience

    Thursday, February 7, 2019

    Siemen Brinksma started as a researcher at UM for the ENLEB project. In December he ended his valuable research and left for a world tour.

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  • ICIS SMULL Inspiration letter

    Inspiration letter for City labs

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Nicole Rijkens-Klomp and Christian Scholl presented the new 'inspiration letter for City labs' during the Citymakers Congress in Rotterdam.

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  • ICIS project 'Smarterlabs' heading towards finale

    Tuesday, November 27, 2018

    Heading towards the end of the SmarterLabs project, the envisaged outcomes are getting concreter. The three dissemination workshops in Helsinki, Istanbul and Santander enriched the learnings of the team.

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  • Joop de Kraker

    Navigating between uncertainty and disagreement

    Monday, November 5, 2018

    Friday, 2 November 2018 Dr. Joop de Kraker, professor of Sustainability Assessment at ICIS, gave his inaugural address.

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  • Klokhuis Science Award nominations

    Two UM research projects compete for the 2018 Klokhuis Science Award

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    Two research projects from Maastricht University have been nominated for this year’s Klokhuis Science Award. The first, led by Pim Martens (ICIS), is a study of emotions in animals; the second, led by Christine Resch (FPN), is an investigation into the use of games to help improve the thinking functions of children with brain injuries.

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  • Onderzoek naar een duurzame relatie tussen mens en dier

    Does my turtle look disappointed?

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    To contribute to sustainable human–animal relationships, Bingtao Su, under the supervision of Pim Martens, researched the relationship between the ethical outlook of pet owners.

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  • Make space for health in the city

    Make space for health in the city

    Monday, October 1, 2018

    How does our living environment influence health and (un)healthy behavior, such as physical activity and participation in society?

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  • ICIS - Urban greenspace as a motor for moving, meeting and relaxing

    Urban greenspace as a motor for moving, meeting and relaxing

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Under project name: 'Urban greenspace as a motor for moving, meeting and relaxing', ICIS will collaborate with the GGD and use a spatial computer model to assess benefits of greenspace for health in Maastricht.

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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

ICIS International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development