About us

Societal impact for the transition towards a circular economy

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary Research and Education centre in which three Dutch Universities join forces: Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.  Within our centre, we work together with scientists (from students to professors) and public and private organisations to formulate societal challenges and to develop science based and innovative solutions for the transition towards a circular economy.  

How we work 

Our knowledge and innovation hubs form the core of our centre. In this hub, we offer students meaningful research opportunities, an interdisciplinary work environment, connections with scientists and experts in circular economy and extra curricular activities. Next to our hub, we work with living labs where students can put their knowledge into practice by developing innovation and test these innovations in reality.

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Demand driven




In order to make the circular economy a reality, we need interdisciplinary research and solutions matching current demands from the market. We need to understand the barriers and challenges we face in the transition from the people who are facing them every day. Moreover, the complexity of these challenges, asks for a systematic and interdisciplinary approach. We need professionals and scientists who are ready to take on these challenges. Therefore, our students need to get the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice, to experience extra curricular activities and to learn from other disciplines. 

Unique position and strengths

The Centre for Sustainability was founded as one of eight joint centres as part of the Strategic Alliance between the three universities. Collaboration in the Centre for Sustainability leverages the complementary strengths of the three universities in the fields of governance, technology and business.