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Radboud University

The Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges started in July 2019, with the first phase running until December 2021. The RCSC is led by Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers (Professor Environmental Governance and Politics, Faculty of Management) and Ad Ragas (Associate Professor Environmental Science, Faculty of Science). A small group of Radboud University researchers and lecturers from all faculties and an external advisory board are the internal and external pillars of the RCSC. Furthermore, the RCSC is in close collaboration with Radboud Green Office, the Program Director Sustainability and the network for sustainable development (NDO) at Radboud University.

100 years Radboud University

Radboud University is one of the best traditional, general universities of the Netherlands, situated on a green campus south of the Nijmegen city centre. Our university wants to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. Something which in October of 2023, we have been doing for 100 years.

Mission and Strategy

Our university wants to contribute to a free and healthy world with equal opportunities for all and to make a significant impact on a regional and an international level.

Who are we?

Radboud University is a private university that owes its origins to the Catholic emancipation movement that was active at the start of the twentieth century. The university’s staff members and students feel connected to each other, to society, and to the world around them. We focus our attention on taking care of each other and the world around us and we are committed to equal rights for social and cultural minorities. We want to make a difference and, to this end, we are guided by academic issues and social challenges.

History & Identity

Radboud University was founded on 17 October 1923 under the name Catholic University Nijmegen. The Dutch Catholic population planned to use its university to promote the emancipation of Catholics in the Netherlands who, at that time, were strongly under-represented in such areas as public administration, the legal profession and the medical sector.

The Earth System Governance Project

The Earth System Governance Project is a global, interdisciplinary research network advancing knowledge at the interface between global environmental change and governance. The project aims to explore political solutions and novel, more effective governance systems to cope with global environmental change. The network connects and mobilizes scholars from the social sciences and humanities working from local to global scales.

Conference Chairs

  • Prof. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Chair of the Environmental Governance and Politics at Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Birka Wicke, Professor of Environmental Science at Radboud University, The Netherlands

This year, the chairs represent both social sciences and natural sciences in order to reflect the interdisciplinary theme of the conference.

Conference Director and SSC Liaison

  • Dr. Sander Chan Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Cristina Inoue Radboud University, The Netherlands, Scientific Steering Committee of the ESG Project

Programme and Conference Management

  • Jane Butler, Executive Director International Project Office
  • Vere de Jong, Network Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
  • Camille Thébaut, Project and Events coordinator
  • Tiegan Wilkinson, Student Assistant
  • Marit Tophoven, Student Assistant

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By transcending academic boundaries & engaging diverse actors, the #NijmegenAgenda strives to connect theory & practice in #ESG, aiming for real-world impact.

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2022 opening plenary of #ESG2022

The official opening session of the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance was hosted at the conference venue and streamed live to virtual attendees.

This conference was opened by the Conference Chairs, and the Oran R. Young Prize for best early career paper was presented.

The keynote presentation was by Tzeporah Berman: “Oil Politics in a World on Fire”

Earth System Governance International Project Office

If you have any questions about the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance, you can reach out to our international project office. We will get back to you regarding your questions within a few working days.


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