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Integrating knowledge for sustainable societal choices

Amsterdam Sustainability Institute

The Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI) provides an inclusive umbrella for sustainability-related research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ASI seeks to build bridges among VU researchers and with the wider community to increase our scientific and societal impact.

ASI actively promotes cooperation between related but traditionally divided disciplinary approaches across VU faculties. It further develops and strengthens relations with societal partners and users of its knowledge in order to deliver timely and relevant research to society as well as to receive feedback and input to its research.

How does Amsterdam Sustainability Institute integrate the SDGs?

How does Amsterdam Sustainability Institute integrate the SDGs?

By building strong and lasting connections among VU researchers across disciplines and faculties with a focus on developing novel interdisciplinary research and acquiring funding for it; by serving the wider VU community as the knowledge center for SDG-related research and through communication, sharing, co-creation and implementation of cutting-edge research with and in the wider community of stakeholders, nationally, regionally and globally.

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About ASI

Research Clusters

The ASI research clusters address some of today‚Äôs most urgent challenges and are linked to one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their membership consists of researchers with various disciplinary backgrounds, engaging in a broad spectrum of activities, often together with societal actors. 

  • Behaviour and Governance
  • Biodiversity and Landscape Change
  • Climate Change and Energy Transition
  • Food, Agriculture and Land Use
  • Plastics, Environment and Society
  • Urban Futures 
  • Water Security and Justice

ASI's mission

Our ambition as ASI is to contribute relevant, excellent and impactful science to society, in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

ASI has three key objectives: 

  • to build strong and lasting connections among VU researchers across disciplines and faculties with a view towards developing novel multi- and interdisciplinary research and acquiring funding for it;
  • to serve the wider VU community by acting as the knowledge center for SDG-related research; and 
  • to communicate, share, co-create and implement cutting-edge research with and in the wider community of stakeholders, nationally, regionally and globally.

We are committed to three overarching goals: research quality, societal relevance and viability.

More about ASI

Partners

Would you like to know more?

Get in touch with our ASI coordinator Neele van den Bongardt

info.asi@vu.nl

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