Research & Results Below you can find all publications, articles and projects that are the result of our independent research. Search directly on topic or navigate through our areas of expertise. From hunger to food security The world’s population is increasing quickly, and it is predicted to grow to almost 10 billion people in 2050. In about thirty years the earth will gain 2 billion extra inhabitants who will also have to live, work and eat. Fortunately, our prosperity is also predicted to increase, which means that diets will be subject to change. Climate change Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Although a global problem, the causes and solutions of climate change are often local. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) explores the impacts on society and ecosystems, and develop evidence-based, integrated solutions and technology: the Wageningen Climate Solutions. Nutrition & Health You are what you eat. It’s a saying with lots of meaning, because to a large extent our nutrition determines our health. Sport & Health We offer a wealth of research focusing on sports & health topics at Wageningen University & Research. Our expertise can add value to almost every aspect of sports, at all levels of play, from recreational exercise to Olympic level elite competitions. Food production Providing everyone with healthy food without harming the environment will become increasingly challenging. In 2040 there will be 9 billion people to feed. Food demands will change, emerging economies will require more meat and at the same time certain limited resources such as water and phosphate will have to be managed sustainably. Wageningen University & Research approaches this 21st century challenge through the motto 'two times more, with two times less'. Metropolitan Solutions In 2050, about 70% of the global population will live in cities. As a result, problems concerning sustainability and quality of life are becoming increasingly urgent for these urban areas. Wageningen wants to achieve metropolitan solutions with the aim of realising cities and metropolitan areas that – in close relationship with the surrounding rural areas – are livable, healthy and resilient, and have circular economies. We address aspects such as heat islands, flooding, food supply, air quality, urban agriculture and livability, as well as urban policy and urban planning. Circular & Biobased Economy The call for a circular, biobased economy is getting louder and louder. An increasing number of citizens, businesses, and politicians are realising that the reuse of products and reclaiming of natural resources is of great importance for ourselves and for the planet on which we live, if we want to move forward towards a sustainable future. Wageningen University & Research is working on solutions to make the circular, biobased economy a reality. Nature & Landscape Humans have an intrinsic connection with nature, research has proved this over and over again. Environmental psychology research reveals how being surrounded by nature at an early age makes adults value diversity in nature more compared to being brought up in a less green environment. Even the health promoting aspects of nature such as trees trapping polluting particulate matter show our dependency on nature. Would you like to collaborate with Wageningen University & Research?