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Centre for Sustainable Development Studies

The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) is a bottom-up initiative supported by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam. Launched in 2015, it gathers scholars from different sections of the social and behavioural sciences and establishes bridges with scholars in other disciplinary fields.

While the University of Amsterdam constitutes its locus, the activities of CSDS – such as its biennial conferences on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – provide a platform for all academics and policymakers in the Netherlands who are motivated by issues of sustainability.

CSDS frames sustainable development as a process and a substantive concept 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 other sciences including history, law, economics, medical, 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;
  • Prepare policy briefs based on scholarship; and
  • Take part in societal and political debates on sustainable development issues.

Governance and Inclusive Development

Staff of the Governance and Inclusive Development programme group are responsible for the daily management of CSDS The Governance and Inclusive Development programme group aims to understand how changing geo-processes influence the capabilities of actors at various administrative levels and how these actors in turn influence geo-processes. It focuses at local (urban/rural) through to global levels. GID staff also are actively involved as lecturers in both Bachelor and Master Programmes.

CSDS Organisation