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“Sustainability is a MUST”

Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science (MUST), with the research base in the field of Sustainable Development at the International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development (ICIS), linked to a wide (inter)national network, is leading internationally in the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development and integrated assessment.

MUST aims to advance the role of science in the transition toward sustainability, building upon the conceptual distinction between problem-solving and critical research strategies as starting point.  MUST aims to find new ways of integrating knowledge across the divides between social and natural sciences as well as between critical and problem-solving research. This will be done in the context of major sustainability challenges such as globalisation, climate change, global health, loss of biodiversity, water issues, regional sustainability, tourism, mobility, governance and innovation.

Research on complex issues is usually best pursued in groups where researchers with different but related expertise investigate different aspects of a joint problem. ICIS - Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science will offer scientific training and a fruitful learning environment where the exchange of knowledge between younger and more experienced researchers is emphasised and developed. PhD candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds and post-docs work closely together under professional scientific leadership and where research students are supervised in interdisciplinary groups.

The MSc and PhD programme ‘Sustainability Science and Policy’ is offered under the umbrella of ICIS – MUST.