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.


  • The WCSG Steering Committee consist of the chairs of the four participating chair groups: Simon Bush (Environmental Policy), Esther Turnhout (Forest and Nature Conservation Policy), Katrien Termeer (Public Administration and Policy) and Josephine van Zeben (Law). You can read more about each group via the banners at the end of this page.
  • In addition to the Steering Committee, the Eduction committee (chaired by Mattijs Smits), Research committee (chaired by Art Dewulf) and PhD committee (chaired by Yannick Buitenhuis) consist of representatives of the four groups. They discuss collaboration and future plans that contribute to WCSG's objectives.

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


    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'