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Read more about our organisation, mission, academic community and advisory board.


The Institute for Environmental Studies (Instituut voor Milieuvraagstukken, IVM) is an interdisciplinary research institute at VU Amsterdam that sits within the Faculty of Science (SCIENCE). 

IVM facilitates four main departments: Environmental Economics, Environmental Geography, Environmental Policy Analysis and Water and Climate Risk. All departments are located on the VU campus.

We closely cooperate with colleagues from ecology and earth sciences in research and teaching programmes.


We continuously stimulate creativity, innovative ideas and talent development so that we maintain world-class scientific research and teaching. It is our ambition to build a critical mass in key disciplines and research themes by training well-rounded, independent and entrepreneurial researchers with a passion for combining scientific excellence with societal engagement.

As we seek for visibility in society, and impact on policy, our research and courses are aimed at solving environmental problems, involving partners from science, government, industry and civil society. We aim at maintaining strong collaborations with partners from research institutes, funders and societal actors, and particularly share our ideas with our international IVM alumni and donor network.

Academic community

IVM has strong links with the departments within our own Faculty of Science (SCIENCE), such as the Department of Ecological Science & the Department of Earth Sciences. Furthermore, IVM maintains close links with the VU Faculties of Economics, Social Sciences and Law.

As of 2016, IVM has signed an agreement between SCIENCE institutes and the UvA-IBED institute to strengthen research and teaching programmes in order to establish a strong collaboration in the area of, among others, Environmental Sciences in Amsterdam.

Advisory board

The IVM International Advisory Board will provide advice to the IVM Management Team on strategic issues. These can include issues related to research, teaching and development, and the institute’s relationships within and outside the VU University Amsterdam. The issues that come before the board will be agreed upon by the IVM Director, in consultation with the Chair of the International Advisory Board.

Once a year, the IVM International Advisory Board meets together with the whole IVM Management Team in Amsterdam.

The meeting is chaired by the Chair of the International Advisory Board. Minutes will be kept and circulated to all members of the institute. Members of the International Advisory Board will serve in their own capacity and initially for a period of three years.