About us

Who are we?

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability is a multidisciplinary research centre in which three universities join forces: Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.  We work together to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy. 

We believe that this transition asks for a systematic and holistic research approach.  Researchers from different disciplines have work together. And we have to reach out to stakeholders from practice to understand the problems we have to tackle. That is why we have developed an open research format in our so called "Knowledge & Innovation Hubs."


About our knowledge & Innovation Hubs

Our knowledge and innovation hubs form the core of our centre. A hub is an open research programme that connect master students, researchers, municipalities and businesses. We focus on the province of Zuid-Holland. We focus on three areas: cities, horticulture and industry. 

In the hubs, we offer master students the possibility to write a master thesis with impact. The research themes in the hub are directly connected to external stakeholders such as companies and municipalities. Each hub is open to master students from the universities Leiden, Delft and Erasmus. In short our hubs aim to:

  1. Formulate demand driven research topics together with external stakeholders
  2. Allow master students to conduct research with impact
  3. Develop interdisciplinary research, by connecting students and researchers from three universities.  

The Hub Coordinator

Every hub has its own hub coordinator who reaches out to our partners. Together they formulate the scientific research themes that results from their knowledge and innovation request.  Theses themes form the framework in which the master students can conduct their master thesis research.  

Interested to join us?

If you are interested to join the hub, either as a partner or as a student, contact the hub coordinator of the hub. If you have general questions about the hub, please contact: Fenna Plaisier - f.c.plaisier@cml.leidenuniv.nl

The Cities Hub 

Circular Cities

Visit the Cities Hub page

The Greenport Hub 

Circular Horticulture

Visit the Greenport Hub Page

The Circular Industries Hub 

Circular Industries

Visit the Circular Industries Hub page