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The SENSE research programme includes a range of disciplines, with contributions from the natural sciences (such as chemistry, biology, earth sciences, environmental technology) and socio-economic sciences (such as economics, sociology, political science). It involves monodisciplinary projects as well as integrated research in multidisciplinary teams, with the participating university institutes in SENSE complementing each other.
The added value of the SENSE Research School is to increase knowledge and understanding of the various disciplines that are involved in studying environmental and sustainability issues and to actively bring together scientists of these disciplines to seek comprehensive answers to such challenges. Cooperation with disciplinary research schools is an essential part of the SENSE strategy to broaden the possibilities of disciplinary depth of the educational programme and to train doctoral students (PhD equivalent) by the highest standards.
SENSE research can be divided into five Core Research Themes:
Core Research Theme 1: Environmental contaminants and nutrients with special research clusters on:
Core Research Theme 2: Environmental change and ecosystem dynamics with research clusters on:
Core Research Theme 3: Global and regional environmental change with research clusters on:
Core Research Theme 4: Sustainable development and social change: actors, institutions and governance with research clusters on:
Core Research Theme 5: Spatial analysis with research clusters on: