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Integrating knowledge for a sustainable future

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.

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

ASI has the objective 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. It also acts as knowledge center for SDG-related research in the VU.

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. 

Clusters: (1) Behaviour and Governance, (2) Biodiversity and Landscape Change, (3) Climate Change and Energy Transition, (4) Food, Agriculture and Land Use, (5) Plastics, Environment and Society, (6) Urban Futures, (7) Water Security and Justice.

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Seed Money programme

Every year, ASI selects new and innovative research projects at the VU for its seed money with the aim to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research across VU faculties.

Our ambition is to contribute relevant, excellent and impactful science to society, in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond, and to support sustainability research projects.

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Seed Money projects 2022

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Get in touch with ASI coordinator Neele van den Bongardt

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