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Research domain: Food, Environment & Sustainability

People across the world are facing the consequences of environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and scarcities in highly unequal and unjust ways. Together with a wide variety of stakeholders, we study societal dynamics and policy-making in the fields of food, environment, climate and more, in order to co-create more inclusive, sustainable futures and diverse transition pathways. Find our projects listed below, divided into subthemes.

Climate change

Climate Policy | Learning evaluation of Dutch climate policy (Dutch)

Science in/and Crisis: Climate Citizen Consultation | Places the lifeworld of citizens at the centre of science communication

Water-Energy-Food Nexus | Strengthens the resilience of Caribbean Small Island Developing States in the face of climate change

Green Metrics | Analyses how 'green metrics' can become part of health technology assessment


VeenVitaal | Living Lab for multi-actor transition of the lowland peat meadow area around Amsterdam to restore biodiversity and the ecosystem

Natuurpact | Learning evaluation of Dutch nature policy (Dutch, finalised)

Vibrant Rural Areas (IBP Vitaal Platteland) | Reflexive evaluation of intergovernmental programme on environment (Dutch, finalised)

Alternatives 2 Extractivism  | Examines ways of knowing, being and doing in relation to the (sub)surface in Mozambique and beyond

Sustainable Water Fund | Evaluation of the Dutch foreign affairs' sustainable water fund

Food systems

FoodCLIC | Makes urban food systems more inclusive and resilient, and empowers citizens to access healthier, sustainable foods

FUSILLI | Supports cities to develop and implement systemic food policies that support food system transformations

FIT4FOOD2030 | Mobilising stakeholders to accelerate food system transformation (finalised)

CLEVERFOOD  | Develops a multi-actor and public engagement mechanism that connects and supports projects and networks that are working on European food system transformation

FOSTER  | Builds the foundation for a new Knowledge and Innovation System for an inclusive and well-governed European food system

TRUSTyFOOD | Opportunities for blockchain technology in the the food supply chain

Supreme Nudge | Effects of healthy 'nudges' in supermarkets on the of dietary choices of customers (Dutch, finalised)


CropMix | Investigates optimal combination of crop cultivation to support the transition to sustainable agriculture 

SOY STORIES | Investigates the histories of soy cultivation and intensive animal farming for an inclusive, sustainable future

Duinboeren | Learning from a local farmers association preserving both the environment and the farmer's revenue model (Dutch, finalised)

Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture | Scaling-up nutrition-sensitive agricultural initiatives in South-East Asia (finalised)

Allotment Gardens in Benin | Develops an allocation tool for local production of fruit and vegetables in Benin (finalised)

Novel foods

DOMINO | Drives the creation of plant-based fermented foods in Europe (starts soon)

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