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Research at Erasmus University Rotterdam concerns itself with global, societal challenges. Sustainability is one of these challenges. Through its numerous research centres, we strive to play a leading role in sustainability worldwide.

Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity

In the Erasmus Initiative ‘Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity’ multidisciplinary research is performed on sustainable prosperity growth.

Research centres and institutes

Research on sustainability takes place in several research centres and institutes of Erasmus University Rotterdam. We have also joined forces with TU Delft and Leiden University in the LDE Centre for Sustainability. This centre aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy to achieve a sustainable society.   

DRIFT: research, consultancy and education on sustainability issues

  • DRIFT is a leading research institute on and for sustainability transitions. We support people, cities, sectors and organisations to engage proactively with transitions. Read more about DRIFT on their website.

Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture (ERMeCC)
Researchers at ERMeCC carry out interdisciplinary research in the field of media, communication and culture. ERMeCC operates as a centre of expertise for high-quality research into the myriad relationships between media, society, culture, and business.
Centre for Sustainability
An interdisciplinary research and education centre in which three universities work together in the field of circular economy.
Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
The mission of ERIM is to conduct scientific research that enables organisations to assess and improve their business processes in order to perform in a profitable and responsible way.
Tinbergen Institute
Tinbergen Institute is one of Europe's leading graduate schools and research institutes in economics, econometrics and finance.
Impact Centre Erasmus (ICE)
ICE helps organisations realise their societal ambitions by conducting impact analyses.
Centre for Eco-Transformation
The Centre's aim is to develop theoretical and practical knowledge and networks that help scale-up business solutions to achieving global sustainability.
Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business
A specialist research centre focusing on the energy market, based at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).
The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC)
The PrC connects scientifically sound research and practitioner experience of cross-sector partnerships to aid sustainable and inclusive development.
In response to the Port of Rotterdam’s need for solid knowledge, Erasmus University has bundled its maritime and port-related research and education in SmartPort@Erasmus, the center of excellence offering port related education and research
SEOR conducts research for institutions and organisations in the fields of labour, social security, education, healthcare, innovation and regulation.
Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa
The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) is an academic research centre focused on frugal innovation.
Institute for Housing and Urban Studies (IHS)
The IHS educates and researches themes such as urban strategies and planning, urban environment, sustainability and climate change, green cities and infrastructure.
International Institute of Social Studies
ISS is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.
Erasmus Migration & Diversity Institute (EMDI)
EMDI has the main objective to deepen cross-disciplinary collaboration in research on migration and diversity and to position EUR in the rapidly developing international field of migration research.
Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)
NIHES was established to further improve scientific research on determinants of diseases and health, the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare and services, and the theory and methods of health sciences.
Erasmus Platform for Sustainable Value Creation
The purpose of this platform is to develop new insights through research and education in close collaboration with leading sustainable finance players in the industry and academia.