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

SENSE Research Themes

The SENSE research school is currently a network of 13 research institutes in the field of environmental and sustainability sciences connected to 8 Dutch universities, IHE-Delft and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

The SENSE Research School is dedicated to supporting the development and dissemination of cutting-edge disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scientific knowledge in the field of environmental and sustainability sciences. The scientific research of the participating SENSE research units covers a broad range of topics, focussing on:

  • Environmental contaminants and nutrients: behavior, exposure and effects of environmental contaminants and nutrients on ecosystem and human health
  • Natural resource management: ecosystem dynamics; ecosystem services; biodiversity; sustainable management of natural resources
  • Global environmental change: integrated assessment of global and climate change at various spatial and temporal scales; risk analysis; mitigation and adaptation policies; sustainable climate, water and land-use policies and management
  • Sustainable technologies and innovation: development of sustainable environmental, water, energy, and transportation technologies; renewable energy systems; critical material supply chains; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA); Material Flow Analysis (MFA)
  • Sustainable development and social change: economic valuation of the environment; economic, social and policy instruments to change human behaviour

The SENSE research efforts contribute to the solutions for the big global challenges, such as climate adaptation, energy transition, agricultural transition / sustainable food production, circular economy, biodiversity conservation and environmental & human health.

Moreover, the SENSE research contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):