About us

Who are we?

The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability is an interdisciplinary 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 Themes."

About our Knowledge & Innovation Themes

Our knowledge and innovation themes 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 themes, we offer master students the possibility to write a master thesis with impact. The research themes are directly connected to external stakeholders such as companies and municipalities. Each theme 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 Theme Coordinator

Every theme has its own coordinator who reaches out to our partners. Together they formulate the scientific research themes that result from their knowledge and innovation request. Thesis themes form the framework in which the master students can conduct their master thesis research.  You can find the contact details of the coordinators at the hub pages. 

Interested in joining us?

If you are interested to join the theme, either as a partner or as a student, contact the coordinator of the theme. If you have general questions about the theme, please contact us at lde_cfs@cml.leidenuniv.nl