LDE-Centre for Sustainability

Information about the LDE - Centre for Sustainability

With an increasing global economy, the use of natural resources is also growing. The availability and sustainable use of natural resources is one of the major themes in the European 2020 strategy, as it also is one of the cross-over themes of the Dutch “top sector” policy. To respond to these major challenges of availability and sustainable use of natural resources, a scientific basis is needed with input from various disciplines. Following this need, the establishment of an “LDE Centre for Sustainability” is in process.  The Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) is one of the leading parties in establishing the LDE Centre for Sustainability.

From the diverse complementary science disciplines at Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam, research on the subjects of sustainability and environment takes place. At the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML, Leiden University) research takes place from a natural science based point of view, whereas the perspective at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (Delft University of Technology) lies in the field of technology and management and the angle of the Rotterdam School of Management and the faculty of Social Sciences (Erasmus University Rotterdam) is at business administration, economy and public administration

Research in the field of sustainability is, in its origin, interdisciplinary. By bundling all the disciplines available within LDE, such as science, technology, management, business, economy and administration,  a unique research and education centre in the field of sustainability is being created. With a focus on sustainable use and management of natural resources within an urbanizing society in relation to public and private governance, the LDE Centre for Sustainability sets a clear research profile that is unique and aberrant to universities throughout the country. Where education is concerned Leiden University and Delft University of Technology already provide a joint Master of Science in Industrial Ecology. The synergy that will be created by establishing the LDE Centre for Sustainability, should also result in high quality scientific education and training programmes in an ambitious study environment with modern, up-to-date facilities.

Last Modified: 12-11-2012