The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) was launched on 24 June 2015 as a new venture of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam.
CSDS frames sustainable development as a process that addresses the urgent environmental issues of this time, while attending to problems of poverty and human indignity. Sustainable development issues manifest themselves at multiple scale levels at global to local level. The purpose of the CSDS is to:
- Enhance the scholarly exchange of knowledge on sustainable development issues among social scientists and to enhance collaboration with the natural and technical sciences;
- Promote joint research work on sustainable development issues at multiple scale levels, from contrasting perspectives, in and between the Global North and the Global South;
- Advance university education that provides a critical and state-of-the-art understanding of sustainable development problems as well as relevant governance opportunities; and
- Take part in societal and political debates on sustainable development issues.