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: