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

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

Date: 25 June 2018 - 26 June 2018
Location: University of Amsterdam

2nd CSDS Conference

The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) hosts and brings together partners at UvA and other locations in the Netherlands, which work on sustainable development.


In 2016, the CSDS organized a first Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. In 2018, it is organizing a Conference that offers critical perspectives on the progress and implementation of the SDGs in collaboration with UNESCO-IHE, the Amsterdam Business School, Kennisactieprogramma Water and the VU Science for Sustainability Program.

Focus of the conference

In light of the beginning of the UN’s International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development’, the focus of this year’s conference is on fresh water (SDG 6) in connection to food (SDG 2) and climate (SDG13).

Furthermore, it pays attention to crucial governance and institutional factors facilitating and/or hampering sustainable development, especially peace and partnership.

'We Make the City' and other collaborations

The Conference will be an extension of the ‘We Make the City’ Conference of the Municipality of Amsterdam (20-24 June) and will take place on the 25th and 26th of June 2018 at UvA’s Roeterseiland complex. For this conference, we are in the process of developing collaborations with many other educational and research institutes in the Netherlands.

Conference Goals

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.

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Call for poster competition open to BA/BSc, MA/MSc and PhD students and researchers who attend the conference

Did you just finalize your thesis and come up with some amazing findings? Does your research deserve a broader audience than your supervisor, peers and parents? Participate in our poster competition and let the world know about your research! The winners will get the opportunity to present his/ her research at the CSDS and SDGNederland websites and will receive a certificate. We hope to see you at the CSDS conference!’


  1. Entrants can be teams or individuals.
  2. Posters must include entrant name (all names, if a team) and entrant education level (e.g. BSc; MA; PhD; researcher).
  3. The poster must in some way engage with an SDG on water, food and climate individually or in relation to the other goals.
  4. The poster must not cram too much information (max 500 words).
  5. Portrait and landscape format are accepted.
  6. The size of the posters should be A1.
  7. Please register at the Conference as a poster presenter. There are no registration costs, but you have to bring a print out of your poster with you.
  8. Deadline for poster submission is 15 June 2018. Please send the poster (incl. a PDF version) to Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada (
  9. All posters must be set up during the time allotted before the meeting starts in the morning on 25 June 2017 and must remain up until the meeting ends on 26 June.
  10. For more information about how to make your poster go to: (Poster competition details).


There will be exciting prizes! The winning posters will also be displayed on the CSDS website. If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada (


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