Universiteit Leiden

nl en

Governance of Sustainability (MSc)

In the Governance of Sustainability programme you will be educated to be a future ‘broker’ or ‘change maker’ to improve the quality of governance solutions to major sustainability challenges.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In this new programme you will obtain in-depth knowledge of both the governance perspective (social science) and the natural sciences. You will learn how to integrate these perspectives in order to develop and improve the quality of governance solutions to major sustainability challenges such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and the transition to a circular economy. In addition, you will learn a variety of skills required to cope with wicked sustainability problems and to develop oneself into a future ‘change agent’ in a governance context.

Read more about our Governance of Sustainability programme

Rianne Berger

Student (formerly BSc Mathematics, the Netherlands)

Rianne Berger

I have always been interested in how the theoretical approach from the natural sciences can meet the practical approach of governing complex issues. Consequently, the combination of governance and sustainability is what attracted me to this master. The programme teaches the complexity of governing sustainability: a lot of the means are already invented, however we still have to find a way to put them to use. What makes it extra interesting to me is that we gather a lot of the knowledge and skills first hand through transdisciplinary work group assignments. For example, we develop policy advice for managing the North Sea on e.g. oil, dredging or windenergy; or we conduct a stakeholder analysis on sustainable timber procurement. I consider the experiences and teachings on how governance and sustainability do, and do not, come together as most valuable for my future pursuits.

Cristina Aguirre Yates

Student (formerly Business Management, Mexico)

Cristina Aguirre Yates

What is interesting about this programme is how it integrates the social and natural sciences to create a sustainable society bringing benefits to the communities and the environment in a competitive way. It gives you the opportunity to develop within an ideal environment of knowledge and to grow both professionally and personally. Once you are in the programme, you really feel the urge to become a “change agent” and make things happen.

Peter van Bodegom

Professor Environmental Biology, Faculty of Science, Leiden University

Peter van Bodegom

‘’We provide opportunities for societal transitions in Dutch landscapes threatened by soil subsidence in co-creation with stakeholders in the region’’

Why study Governance of Sustainability at Leiden University?

  • You will design and execute integrative research projects, combining concepts, theories and research methods of both governance and natural sciences.
  • You will be confronted with real-life sustainability challenges to make the appropriate connections between the mechanisms and the governance thereof.
  • Our teaching is aimed at creating a transdisciplinary environment in which you are constantly challenged to combine perspectives, reflect on those and take ownership of your learning process.
  • Be inspired by co-teaching professors from two leading institutes, who are at the forefront of the field of sustainability and public administration.  

Find out more reasons to choose Governance of Sustainability

Governance of Sustainability: the right master’s programme for you?

Do you want to be an intermediary between the scientific experts, policy makers and politicians in the domain of sustainability? Do you want to tackle sustainability problems by combining your knowledge on natural sciences with your understanding of governance? Are you keen on contributing to the development of governance solutions needed to achieve a sustainable society and contribute to the implementation of these solutions? Then our Governance of Sustainability programme is designed for you.

Read more about the entry requirements

This website uses cookies. Read more