Institute for Environmental Studies

The Institute for Environmental Studies (Instituut voor Milieuvraagstukken, IVM) is an interdisciplinary research institute with a research and teaching community of hundred and forty scientists and support staff. IVM’s mission is to contribute to sustainable development and care for the environment through scientific research and teaching. Since its creation in 1971, the institute has built up considerable experience in addressing environmental problems in their social and economic context.

We aim to reinforce the institute’s position as a major European centre for multidisciplinary environmental research, measured in terms of scientific and policy impact. We seek collaborations with strong partners (research institutes, funders, societal actors) and so strengthen a research culture that stimulates interchange between researchers and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. It is our ambition to build a critical mass in key disciplines and research themes by training well-rounded, independent and entrepreneurial researchers with a passion for combining scientific excellence with societal engagement.

Within the VU University, IVM has strong links with the Faculties of Economics, Social Sciences and Law. We also have strong relationships with the ecological and earth sciences departments in our own Faculty of Earth and Life sciences (FALW). Beyond VU University, IVM collaborates in research and teaching with many institutes and universities in the European Union and internationally, including in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

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