Wageningen Centre of Sustainability Governance (WCSG)

Wageningen Centre of Sustainability Governance

The Wageningen Centre of Sustainability Governance (WCSG) is an interdisciplinary group of governance scholars committed to contributing knowledge on the design, functioning and implications of sustainability governance arrangements in the Wageningen domain of food, nature and environment.

Sustainability governance refers to the formal as well as informal interactions and institutions that steer sustainability practices in networks of diverse public and private actors.

In doing so, the Centre draws on a variety of social science disciplines and contributes particularly to theories and methods in policy sciences, sociology, science and technology studies, and law.

Our research lines

  1. Governing ‘wicked sustainability problems’
  2. Governing sustainability of transnational networks and flows
  3. Governing sustainability practices

Participating chair groups in WCSG

Chairgroup: Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

Political and sociological perspectives for understanding the incorporation of environmental transformations into processes of modernisation and globalisation

Chairgroup: Forest and Nature Conservation Policy

Forest and Nature Conservation Policy

Understanding interactions among people, forests and nature as a set of context-specific practices that shape and are shaped by policies, ideas and knowledge

Chairgroup: Law and Governance

Law and Governance

Legal approach for analysing law and regulation in the life science domains, sustainable food supply chains (food, trade, business and environmental law)

Chairgroup: Public Administration and Policy

Public Administration and Policy

Public administration, political and organisational science perspectives for analysing the practices of actors embedded in governance institutions, and how these generate new arrangements to solve 'wicked problems'