Profile of a CERES Institution: Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM), University of Twente.
The Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (CSTM), situated at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, was established in 1988 to conduct research in environmental policy and cleaner production. In 1990 its focus was expanded to a more general emphasis on technology and sustainable development.
The CSTM is specialized in governance – specifically, sustainable development, environmental quality and resilience, social inclusiveness and technological innovation from developed and developing countries’ perspectives.
Its research program ‘Innovation and Governance for Sustainable Development’ is part of the Institute of Governance Studies and it has three research themes that address different areas of sustainable development: i) energy transition, ii) water governance and iii) sustainable production and consumption. These are the areas of interest of the CSTM because in its view they present major governance challenges and responding to them is essential for sustainable development and innovation.
The CSTM offers graduate studies at Master and PhD levels in the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences. The international Master of Environmental and Energy Management is a one-year, full-time programme that was established in the year 2000. It is organized by the CSTM division in the Northern Province of Fryslân. The PhD program offers guidance to an increasingly large number of students from all over the world.
Additionally, the CSTM lecturers teach in several courses in other Bachelor and Master programmes.
CSTM/University of Twente is represented in the CERES Board by Professor Joy Clancy.