Workshop on the future of sustainable agriculture in Indonesia

ICIS organized a workshop on the future of sustainable agriculture in Indonesia from September 27th- October 2nd in Bali. This workshop was part of the SPIN project on global certifying partnerships and their effects on the socio-economic conditions of Indonesian smallholders. The workshop consisted of excellent expert presentations on the prospects of a sustainable agriculture of palm oil, coffee and cocoa in Indonesia. During the workshop we also discussed the results of the first two papers of our PhD candidates and the research designs for their third fieldwork. For more information, please visit our MUNPOP website.

Contribution to a documentary on halal food

Laura Kurth, a PhD Researcher at ICIS, was interviewed for a documentary on Halal food that was broadcasted by Dutch TV on the 28th of June 2015. The European market for halal food is growing, but complex and globalized production chains make it difficult for Muslims to determine whether their food is halal-worthy. Certification bodies create standards and try to govern the production processes.

The documentary questioned ‘hoe halal is halal?’ (only in Dutch).

Studium Generale presentation: Building a Better World

The studium Generale presentation: Building a Better World - A Choice of Sustainability Projects at ICIS, will give a taste of the research done in the field of sustainability at ICIS of Maastricht University.


Tuesday 14 April, 8 pm, Auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6

Sustanimalism: The (Un)Sustainability of Human-Animal Interactions – Prof. dr. Pim Martens
Our well-being is closely connected with that of animals. In this presentation, human-animal relationships will be linked to tools from sustainability science and some examples will be discussed (biodiversity, zoos).

City Labs and (Sustainable) Urban Development – Tim van Wanrooij
Cities face economic, social and environmental challenges. New forms of governance are called for, like urban labs. This presentation explains how guidelines are being developed to organize urban labs.

The comeback of the Electric Vehicle? – Dr. Marc Dijk
Already in the late 19th century electric automobiles were built. This presentation compares the introduction of EV’s in the late 19thcentury with today and discusses the chances for a successful revenge.

Do Indonesian Smallholders Benefit from Coffee Certification? – Dr. Astrid Offermans
A joint research program between the University of Lampung and Maastricht analyzes social and economic effects of global certifying partnerships. Is it still advisable to purchase certified coffee or not?

Free entrance. For more information on the presentations, see the Facebook page or Studium Generale website.

Urb@Exp project meeting in Malmö

From 11-13 March 2015, René Kemp, Ron Cörvers, Joop de Kraker en Christian Scholl from the ICIS Institute participated in the second project meeting of the European Urb@Exp research project. Urb@Exp is funded by the Joint Programme Initiative Urban Europe and brings together four academic institutes, one consultancy and five city partners to learn from the governance experiments of urban labs in Maastricht, Malmö, Graz, Leoben and Antwerp.

As part of this project metting, 25 representatives of the different partners visited several experimental projects in Malmö, inlcuding STPLN, a vibrant makers-space in the former port area. The city exchange day was followed by an interactive day of workshops structuring the coming action research in the five cities. First results of the research on the experiences of existing urban labs will soon be made available on the website of Urb@Exp.

Forging new coalitions for the promotion of green and sustainable domestic gardens

Together with DuurzaamDoor, ICIS organised and facilitated a participatory workshop to forge new coalitions for the public promotion of green and sustainable domestic gardens.

The participants to the workshop were CNME, IVN, Staatsbosbeheer and Intratuin Maastricht. The aim of the workshop has been to identify common ground and specific projects for cooperation of nature education organisations and a commercial organization like Intratuin. Both parties express a common aim: motivating people to green their domestic gardens to enhance urban sustainability. The different perspectives, approaches and operating contexts of both parties may be fruitful  to reach a larger audience with well-developed educational content about sustainability and the role of gardens to improve the quality of life in urban areas.

The workshop was held on 17 March 2015 at Intratuin Maastricht.

The report (in Dutch) gives an impression of the workshop and its outcomes.

Intratuin Maastricht en natuureducatie organisaties samen aan de slag voor natuurvriendelijke tuinen

ICIS co-chair of new International Network on Sustainability Science

On Monday 23th March, The International Network for Programs in Transformational Sustainability (NEPS) has been officially launched. NEPS is dedicated to transformational impacts from sustainability education and research. Acknowledging the global dimension of sustainability issues as well as the emerging state of transformational sustainability science, all NEPS activities aspire to contribute to solutions to real-world sustainability problems. Going beyond the practices of existing networks, NEPS offers specific capacity building training, social learning opportunities, and joint intervention research projects leading to evidence supported sustainability solutions. Such solutions include the wide range from changed behavior and sustainable business practices to sustainable technology and infrastructure.

Partners in the network are Universities that offer a master and/or PhD program on Sustainability Science: Maastricht University, Arizona State University, Leuphana University, Lund University, Stellenbosch University, the University of Tokyo, Technical University of  Catalonia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.

For more information, contact Pim Martens

Symposium Humans, Animals and Nature: A Sustainable Relationship?

This 1-day symposium is open to students, university staff and others and will be held on Thursday 9th April, 2015 in Maastricht.

For the program, registration and detailed information on speakers and lectures, see the PhD courses section.

Check out our new brochure M.Sc. Sustainability Science and Policy

Brochure Master SSP 2015

The one-year MSc programme in Sustainability Science and Policy has a unique character. It has an integrative and interdisciplinary approach which is embedded in an international context. It focuses on methods and tools for integrated knowledge production and sustainability assessment for policy making. The Master SSP is an intensive programme where students acquire knowledge and skills to deal with one of the world’s most relevant and complex questions: how can we balance ecological, economic, and social developments for our present and future well-being? The ambition of this Master programme is that students learn to cope with sustainability challenges from an integrated perspective.

"Sustainability is a MUST"

ICIS-MUST offers the Master of Science and  PhD programme 'Sustainability Science and Policy' (SSP), where students from different scientific backgrounds and nationalities work closely together under professional scientific leadership.

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New publications

  • Kurth, L. and Glasbergen, P. (2015). Dealing with tensions of multiculturalism: The politics of ritual slaughter in the Netherlands. European Journal of Cultural Studies. doi: 10.1177/1367549415603375
  • Hidayat, N., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A. (2015). Sustainability Certification and Palm Oil Smallholders’ Livelihood: A Comparison between Scheme Smallholders and Independent Smallholders in Indonesia. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMA). 18:3:25-48
  • Akin, S., Martens, P. & Huynen, M. (2015). Climate change and infectious disease risk in Western Europe: a survey of Dutch expert opinion on adaptation responses and actors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(8), 9726-9749.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2015). BIMBY’s first steps: a pilot study on the contribution of residential front-yards in Phoenix and Maastricht to biodiversity, ecosystem services and urban sustainability. Urban Ecosystems, 20 August 2015, DOI 10.1007/s11252-015-0488-y
  • Bitzer, V. & Glasbergen, P. (2015). Business–NGO partnerships in global value chains: part of the solution or part of the problem of sustainable change?. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 12: 35–40
  • Ibnu, M., Glasbergen, P., Offermans, A., Arifin, B. (2015). Farmer preferences for coffee certification: a conjoint analysis of the Indonesian Smallholders.  Journal of Agricultural Science, 7:6: 20-34
  • Vasseur, V. & Kemp, R. (2015) A segmentation analysis: the case of photovoltaic in the Netherlands. Energy Efficiency. doi: 1-19. 10.1007/s12053-015-9340-8
  • Offermans, A. & Glasbergen, P. (2015) Boundary work in sustainability partnerships: an exploration of the round table on sustainable palm oil. Environmental Science and Policy. 50:  34-45 doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.01.016
  • Dijk, M. (2015) "From government to multi-stakeholder governance for sustainable mobility", in: F. Mancebo and I. Sachs (eds), “Transitions to Sustainability, Berlin: Springer
  • Offermans, A. and Cörvers, R. (2014) Hebben Indonesische boeren profijt van koffie- en palmoliecertificering? Milieu. 8: 42-44
  • Oduber, M., Ridderstaat, J., Martens, P. (2014). The Bilateral Relationship Between Tourism and Dengue Occurrence: Evidence From Aruba. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 2:6 223-244, doi: 10.17265/2328-2169/2014.06.001
  • Peeters, M., (2014). "Europees Klimaatrecht en Nationale Beleidsruimte", Nederlands Juristenblad 2014, nr 41, artikelnummer 2109, pp 2918-2925
  • Vasseur, V. &  Kemp, R., (2014). "The adoption of PV in the Netherlands: A statistical analysis of adoption factors". Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 41, January 2015, Pages 483–494. DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.08.020
  • Akin, S & Martens, P. (2014) "A survey of Dutch expert opinion on climatic drivers of infectious disease risk in Western Europe" Climate 2014, 2(4), 310-328; DOI: 10.3390/cli2040310
  • Dijk, M., R. Orsato and R. Kemp (2014). "Towards a regime-based typology of market evolution", Technol. Forecast. Soc. Change, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.10.002
  • Dijk, M. & Parkhurst, G. (2014). "Understanding the mobility-transformative qualities of urban park and ride polices in the UK and the Netherlands", International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management Vol. 14 (3/4), pp.246 – 270, DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.065292
  • Scholl, C., (2014) "The New Social Movement Approach", In: van der Heijden, H., "Handbook Of Political Citizenship And Social Movements" (pp 233-258), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978 1 78195 470 6.
  • Beumer, C. & Martens, P. (2014) "Biodiversity in my (back)yard: towards a framework for citizen engagement in exploring biodiversity and ecosystem services in residential gardens", Sustainability Science, DOI 10.1007/s11625-014-0270-8
  • Dijk, M. (2014). "A socio-technical perspective on the electrification of the automobile: niche and regime interaction", Int. J. Automotive Technology and Management 14 (2): 158-171. DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2014.060749
  • Martens, P., Caselli, M, De Lombaerde, P., Figge, L. and Scholte, J.A. (2014) "New Directions in Globalization Indices", Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2014.944336
  • Horlings, L.G. & Hinssen, J.P.P. (2014) "Sustainable innovation in intensive animal husbandry; policy and public protests towards a mega-farm in the Netherlands", ESSACHESS. Journal for Communication Studies, vol. 7, no. 1(13) / 2014: 125-145
  • Derkx, B., P. Glasbergen (2014) "Elaborating global private meta-governance: An inventory in the realm of voluntary sustainability standards", Global Environmental Change 27, 41–50, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.04.016
  • Pesqueira, L., P. Glasbergen (2014) "How Sustainability Partnerships Manage Complex Societal Issues: The Case of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector", In: Bohórguez, E., N. Etxaniz (eds) A new generation of public control, Transparencia Mexicana, pp 125-136
  • Abson, D.J., H. von Wehrden, S. Baumgärtner, J. Fischer, J. Hanspach, W. Härdtle, H. Heinrichs, A.M. Klein, D.J. Lang, P. Martens and D. Walmsley (2014) "Ecosystem services as a boundary object for sustainability", Ecological Economics 103, 29–37
  • Font Vivanco, D., Kemp, R., van der Voet, E., Heijungs, R. (2014) "Using LCA-based decomposition analysis to study the multi-dimensional contribution of technological innovation to environmental pressures", Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12118
  • Nie, H., Kemp, R. (2014) "Index decomposition analysis of residential energy consumption in China: 2002-2010", Applied Energy, 121: 10–19
  • Figge, L., & Martens, P. (2014) "Globalisation Continues: The Maastricht Globalisation Index Revisited and Updated", Globalizations Vol. 11 Iss: 2, DOI:10.1080/14747731.2014.887389
  • Peeters, M., Uylenburg, R. (2014) "EU Environmental Legislation, Legal Perspectives on Regulatory Strategies", ISBN: 9781781954768, DOI:10.4337/9781781954775
  • De Kraker, J., Kuijs, S., Cörvers, R., Offermans, A. (2014) "Internet public opinion on climate change: a world views analysis of online reader comments", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.19 - 33, DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-09-2013-0109
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Recent PhD theses (go to complete list)

  Carijn Beumer 2014