Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Welcome to SENSE!

SENSE Research School is a joint venture for integrated environmental and sustainability research and multidisciplinary PhD training:

  • School for disciplinary and multidisciplinary PhD training
  • Network for high quality environmental and sustainability research
  • Bridge for sustainable solutions at the science-practice interface

SENSE is a partnership involving nine Dutch universities and two institutes.

International Conference Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals: Water, Food and Climate, 25-26 June

The aim of the 2018 Conference is to mobilize scholars, policy makers, business and civil society to share their perspectives on and critically review these three Goals and their related targets as well as their potential for mobilizing the world to more equitable and environmentally sustainable futures.
We will discuss the underlying discourses that shape the interpretation of these Goals as well as the institutional contexts in which they need to be implemented. The SDGs are discussed individually and in relation to each other. We will critically assess the Goals and related targets and indicators, as well as go beyond them to understand whether such tools are the best way to achieve more equitable and environmentally sustainable futures. We will also assess the various instruments that are promoted for their achievement. > Read more

Frank Biermann (UU) awarded ERC Advanced Grant for SDG research

Frank Biermann, Professor of Global Sustainability Governance (UU) and former SENSE general director, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. He will use this prestigious European grant worth EUR 2.5 million to conduct research into the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. The ERC Advanced Grant is the European Research Council's highest research grant and is allocated annually to senior researchers whose groundbreaking work opens up new directions in their field. > Read more

Upcoming Courses

Ecological Networks and Coexistence 21-22 June 2018, UFZ Germany


Arie Staal Resilience of tropical forest and savanna: bridging theory and observation
Wageningen University, Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management
Graduation date: 22 June 2018