The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) is a bottom-up, scholarly initiative supported and endorsed by all faculties of the University of Amsterdam, furthering the cause of sustainability. Launched in 2015 by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), it gathers scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds and establishes connections with societal parties at multiple scale levels. CSDS frames sustainability as a process that addresses the urgent environmental issues of this time, while attending to problems of poverty, inequality and human indignity.
provide the University of Amsterdam with a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience on contemporary sustainability challenges, both local and global. It furthers the development of a lively sustainability community within the university and the promotion of cutting-edge research as well as education.
CSDS is governed by a steering committee appointed by the deans of the University of Amsterdam and managed by two directors and an interdisciplinary core team. It is supported by a secretariat and a group of student volunteers.