Symposium Humans, Animals and Nature: A Sustainable Relationship?

1-day symposium Thursday 9th April, 2015

Venue: Maastricht University; Kapoenstraat 2, Maastricht

Program (detailed information on speakers and lectures)

10.15-10-30 Registration & coffee

10.30-11.00 Sustanimalism: About (un)sustainable human-animal relationships (Pim Martens)

11.00-12.00 An abolitionist approach of the concept of sustainability (Esteban Rivas)

12.00-12.30 Lunch break

12.30-13.15 How our health depends on biodiversity (Maud Huynen)

13.15-14.00 Novel nature in urban futures: how cultural perspectives influence our relation to nature and animals (in) and around our homes (Carijn Beumer)

14.00-14.30 Coffee Break

14.30-15.30 Animal advocacy and the political agenda (Karen Soeters)

15.30-16.30 Movie “One Single Planet”

16.30- Drinks

Please register by sending an email to (limited places available.) Free for students and university staff. Others, please pay €25 (lunch, coffee & drinks included) – to be paid at the registration desk.

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.

Midterm review Master Sustainability Science and Policy: ‘good’

An external review committee qualifies the assessment system and the achievement of learning outcomes of the Master programme Sustainability Science and Policy (Master SSP) as ‘good’ (on NVAO’s four-point scale of unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, and excellent). The committee focussed on the question: “Is the programme achieving its objectives?”, and the corresponding NVAO standard: “The programme has an adequate assessment system in place and demonstrates that the intended learning outcomes are achieved”. The review committee concluded that the assessment system of the final projects of the students is adequate, valid, reliable, and transparent. As to the quality of the final student projects as shown by the Master Theses and SAP Reports, the review committee concluded that the intended learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme are achieved as demonstrated by the academic level of the final projects of the students. Therefore, the overall judgement of the external review committee with respect to the assessment system and the achievement of learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme, is: ‘good’.

The midterm review of the Master SSP programme was conducted by Prof. dr. Rietje van Dam (chair), Prof. dr. Gerd Michelsen and Prof. dr. Bert de Vries.

Prof. Pim Martens in Advisory Board of sustainability program Tokyo University

Professor Pim Martens has been appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI) of Tokyo University (Japan). The goal is to gather renowned experts from around the world who are involved in sustainability and related education in order to help provide a ‘sustainable’ direction of the program.

The advisory board’s activities will include reviewing program curriculum and educational activities, providing advice and guidance for continual improvement, helping identify perspectives or future directions that GPSS-GLI should pursue and suggesting new ideas concerning pedagogy, curriculum, underlying educational concepts, and other educational issues regarding sustainability science.

More information

National start ‘Operatie Steenbreek’

[Dutch] Op woensdag 28 januari organiseren KNNV, Hogeschool VHL, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, ICIS-Maastricht University, Alterra, Wageningen UR, Haags Milieucentrum en Entente Florale Nederland in samenwerking met de vijf icoonsteden: Groningen, Leeuwarden, Den Haag, Eindhoven en Amersfoort de landelijke aftrap van Operatie Steenbreek.

Het doel van Operatie Steenbreek is om de burgers te enthousiasmeren om hun  tuin en of daken te vergroenen. Zo dragen burgers zelf bij aan de leefbaarheid van hun buurt. Bovendien zorgt groen in de buurt  voor verkoeling,  waterberging en biedt het een leefgebied voor vogels, vlinders, bijen en andere insecten. Meer informatie en inschrijving: webpagina operatie steenbreek op en ICIS webpagina Carijn Beumer (coördinator Operatie Steenbreek).

MSc students Sustainability Science and Policy teach high school students

A group of students who follow the Sustainability Science and Policy master programme at ICIS came to visit the United World College (UWC) Maastricht on December 8. The purpose of their visit was to share a bit of their knowledge with the younger generation of high school students who are also already interested in sustainability-related topics. The students discussed the complex concept of sustainability, ecological footprints of all the 16 represented countries and finally the discussion turned to considering the individual behaviour and habits and how could these become more sustainable. The workshop was fruitful, interesting and entertaining for both sides, so our SSP students are all already looking forward to the next time when SSP will come to meet UWC.

BMW visits Maastricht University

In a joint seminar, ICIS and Maastricht Science College invited Marc Bras from BMW to present the firm’s electric vehicle strategy. There was plenty of opportunity for the students and staff to discuss but also to check out the BMW i3, a full electric vehicle, which filled the court yard of our building.

News article in the Observant.

MUST PhD workshop ‘Participatory Knowledge Exchange’

The MUST PhD workshop Participatory Knowledge Exchange (which took place at ICIS, December 4-5) was a great success. Lectures by ICIS staff Gertjan Storm, Ron Cörvers, Annemarie van Zeijl, Astrid Offermans and Joop de Kraker about science-policy relations, scientific knowledge, joint knowledge production, and social learning introduced ICIS PhD’s and others in this emerging topic, and paved the way for an interesting and intensive hands-on training in stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange by our UK colleagues Mark Reed and Anna Evely of Sustainable Learning.

"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

  • 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
  • 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