Radboud University

Interdisciplinary research projects on Nature

Radboud University recognises the fundamental role of interdisciplinary research in addressing the major challenges facing society today. To encourage top level academic collaboration, interfaculty research programmes have been established.

Below you can find more information about all current interdisciplinary research projects, focused on Nature. Visit this page for all interdisciplinary research projects.

Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges
Master Science for Sustainability (SfS)
Radboud Interfaculty Complexity Hub (RICH)
- Radboud Healthy Landscape
- Interdisciplinary Research Platform

Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges

The Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges (RCSC) aspires to be the hub for all research and education relevant for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They bring researchers together to share ideas and develop interdisciplinary research proposals on sustainability topics. They also make the link to societal questions, increasing the relevance and impact of Radboud University’s research both inside and outside the academic sphere.

Together with lecturers and programme coordinators, they make sure that each Radboud University graduate is aware of the concept of sustainability in relation to their field of study. They support in development of courses and programmes offering students a deep understanding of different aspects of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

More information: Dr. C. Hendriks 
Faculties involved: Led by Professor Environmental Governance and Politics Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers (Nijmegen School of Management) and Associate Professor Innovation Studies and Sustainability Heleen de Coninck (Faculty of Science). In collaboration with researchers and lecturers from all of Radboud University’s faculties. Also involved: Radboud Geen Office, the Program Director Sustainability and the network for sustainable development (NDO).
Project started in: 2018

Master Science for Sustainability (SfS)

The 2-year master Science for Sustainability (SfS) aims to train researchers to analyze sustainability issues from both a gamma and beta perspective, while developing and evaluating integrative solutions. The SfS master focuses on beta students with sufficient gamma affinity and prior knowledge and gamma students with sufficient beta affinity and prior knowledge. The proposal is to register the SfS master via FNWI, whereby it is noted that the intention is to teach gamma and beta knowledge equally in the, to be developed, SfS curriculum.

In order to give the SfS master a proper place within the sustainability research and education of the Radboud University, there is close collaboration with the Radboud Center for Sustainability Challenges.

More information: Dr. ir. S. Witjes
Faculties involved: Initiated by the Nijmegen School of Management
Project started in: 2018

Radboud Interfaculty Complexity Hub (RICH)

Complexity Science (CS) can be of great help in crossing borders between scientific disciplines in together working on complex problems of global importance. CS has its roots in mathematics and logic, and aims to decipher common mechanisms in complex adaptive systems that rely on dynamic interactions of multiple agents, which can be physical parts, organs, humans or living systems.

Examples of CS mechanisms are: emergence, resilience, transitions and tipping points, and self-organization in complex systems. Understanding of these mechanisms may help to improve our understanding of complex phenomena such as the collaps of the great barrier reef, human aging, and emergence and spread of Corona-virus.

To spread the Radboud expertise on Complexity Science RICH was started. Linking the departments of medicine, mathematics and physics, social sciences, management sciences and philosophy. The RICH interfaculty collaboration aims at developing a theoretical CS minor and promote and supervise interfaculty CS research master thesis projects.

More information: Prof. dr. M. Olde Rikkert
Faculties involved: Radboud University Medical Centre, Faculty of Science, Nijmegen School of Management and Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.
Project started in: 2019

Radboud Healthy Landscape

More information about this project will be added later...