New IVM Technical Report on the Climate-Energy Nexus


In a recently published report Lisa Sanderink, Oscar Widerberg, Kristian Kristensen and Philipp Pattberg map the institutional complexity of global energy and climate governance.

Jampel Dell'Angelo in Ecological Economics on the Global Water Grabbing Syndrome


In a recently published paper, Jampel Dell'Angelo, Rulli and D'Odorico review the phenomenon of 'water grabbing'.

IVM and Ramboll held a conference in Brussels to finalise an EU study on insurance of weather and climate related disaster risk


On 30 June 2017, IVM, represented by Wouter Botzen, Paul Hudson, Marleen de Ruiter and Lars de Ruig, and in collaboration with the Danish consulting engineering group Ramboll, held a conference in Brussels, to present their main findings of a study issued by the European Commission on extreme weather insurance.

Water management interventions push scarcity downstream


Human interventions to harness water resources, such as reservoirs, dams, and irrigation measures, have increased water availability for much of the global population, but at the same time, swept water scarcity problems downstream.

Open for applications: The VU Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change


We are delighted to announce that we are now open for applications for the 2018 Senior Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change.

Dr Dim Coumou awarded VIDI grant to examine prolonged heat-drought extremes


Dr Dim Coumou has been awarded a prestigious VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to examine the impacts, drivers and predictability of persistent heat-drought extremes.

A new publication in Nature Climate Change assesses economic impacts of climate change and heat reduction policies for all the world’s major cities


The study by IVM researchers Francisco Estrada, Wouter Botzen and Richard Tol of all the world’s major cities is the first to quantify the potentially devastating combined impact of global and local climate change on urban economies

IVM held a side-event at UNFCCC meeting


During the first week of the global climate conference UNFCCC’s preparatory meeting in Bonn, IVM held a side-event on 'New Approaches for Analyzing and Visualizing the Integrity of the Global Climate Governance Regime'.

IVM PhD’s at the Interconnections conference in Bonn


During last week’s Interconnections conference in Bonn, IVM was well represented by EPA PhD students Lisa Sanderink, Okechukwu Enechi, Lukas Hermwille, and Oscar Widerberg.

A new Toolbox and Library for the economic assessment of adaptation to climate change


IVM researchers participated in the EU-Project ECONADAPT that came to a close in September 2016 after three years of research on the economics of adaptation.

Interview with Philipp Pattberg about the important role of politics in the Anthropocene in Bureau de Helling (the GroenLinks think tank)


Philipp Pattberg, Professor of Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy believes that the Anthropocene needs long-term politics on all levels.

IVM and FGG appoint two Junior Fellows in Ethics of the Anthropocene


Eva Coster-van Urk MA and Petra van der Kooij MA have been appointed as the first VU Junior Fellows in the Ethics of the Anthropocene Program for 2017. There terms will run from March till the end of this academic year.

IVM and the Dutch Food Summit


On 26 January 2017 the first National Food Summit was organized by four Dutch Ministries, those of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs, Environment, and Public Health.

The VU Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change Background


The novel concept of an ‘Anthropocene’ has been proposed to denote the present epoch in planetary history, following up the earlier Holocene, as a new geological era now largely defined by the extent and direction of human activities with a profound global impact on the earth’s ecosystems. Mass extinction of living species, pollution of the oceans, and climate change are only some of the lasting distortions of planetary systems brought about by the human species. Importantly, the concept of an ‘Anthropocene’ now places humankind fully at the centre of planetary evolution, as the main driving force on planet earth – an idea that has at times been described as the ‘second Copernican revolution’. Junior Fellowship positions are open now. Please submit before 15 December 2016