Wageningen Centre of Sustainability Governance

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

Our research focus

The WCSG is composed of five Chair groups: Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (CHL), Environmental Policy (ENP), Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (FNP), Law (LAW), and Public Administration and Policy (PAP).


Research themes

  • Circular food systems
  • Climate, water, and energy nexus landscapes
  • Landscapes and biodiversity conservation

Cross-cutting research lines

WCSG participating Chair groups

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Who are we at WCSG?

The WCSG is composed of five participating Chair groups. Watch this video and learn more about us.

Meet our team


Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles

Advance conceptual understanding of healthy and sustainable consumption and lifestyles, and exploiting these theoretical notions for the design, evaluation and implementation of novel interventions to enable healthy and sustainable consumption patterns and lifestyles.


Environmental Policy

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


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



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


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'.