Erasmus School of Economics launches new Master specialisation Economics of Sustainability

In the academic year 2022-2023 Erasmus School of Economics will launch a brand new master specialisation that will introduce students to current sustainable development challenges and how the economic system works with or against them.

In this master programme students will get a broad understanding of the complexity of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as how current and new economic policies support achieving these goals. They will analyse cases on climate change, migration, inequality, and healthy ageing.

As these challenges are happening simultaneously at corporate, national, and international level, multiple economic perspectives are needed to understand them. To promote multi-perspective thinking, the students will select electives from several economic disciplines. They will also work in teams during the thesis process.

Is this the right choice for you?

Ask yourself: Are you motivated to contribute to a world where over nine billion people are living well within planetary boundaries? Do you think that proper economic analysis can add to achieving a sustainable future? Are you interested in combining knowledge from diverse economic specialisations and learning skills necessary to solve complex, societal issues?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all the above, this is a Master for you.

“Many Master’s programmes focus on one economic field. To reach the SDGs, it is necessary to combine knowledge from different fields. This is fun, and helps to develop the skills necessary to arrive at better solutions. We are looking forward to working with motivated students to share our knowledge about sustainability and what economics can do to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.”

 – Prof. Dr. Elbert Dijkgraaf, programme coordinator

Learn more about this new programme

Do you want to learn how you can become an expert in the economics of sustainability? Then check out the programme.


As defined by the Brundtland Committee in 1987, Sustainable Development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The UN has set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) intending to fight the “grand challenges of our time”, like for instance economic and social inequality, climate change, and further environmental degradation. These challenges are highly complex, but the science of economics can help to understand them - their causes, their consequences, and possible solutions.

“[Achieving the SDGs] depends on what sort of capitalism we want to build, how to govern the relationships between the public and private sectors and how to structure rules, relationships and investments so that all people can flourish and planetary boundaries are respected.”

 – Prof. Mariana Mazzucato in Mission Economy

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Economics of Sustainability

This programme will introduce students to current sustainable development challenges and how the economic systems work with or against them.

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