Attn. Charlotte Ballard

Environmental Governance Group

Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 2
3584 CS Utrecht
The Netherlands



August 1, 2018

Future scenarios are increasingly used to support climate change planning under future uncertainty, by governments and multilateral organizations like the UN. Dr. Joost Vervoort, assistant professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, spoke with our colleagues about the RE-IMAGINE project on World Environment Day 2018 at BNP Paribas in London, United Kingdom. The project was made possi...

July 25, 2018

Four cases of participatory foresight exercises show impact is not a given. Here’s how to fix it

The city of Eindhoven is probably more known for its football team than its urban green. But over the past few years, several urban food initiatives have sprung up, enjoying an increasing amount of attention from the local government. ‘Proeftuin040’, a knowledge network established in 2014 to further sustainable urban green space, w...

May 31, 2018

Hebinck, A., J. M. Vervoort, P. Hebinck, L. Rutting, and F. Galli. 2018. Imagining transformative futures: participatory foresight for food systems change. Ecology and Society 23(2):16.


Transformations inherently involve systems change and because of the political nature of change, are subject to contestation. A potentially effective strategy to further transformative c...

January 31, 2018

Vervoort & Gupta's paper "Anticipating climate futures in a 1.5°C era: the link between foresight and governance" has been published in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST).

You can download the PDF here.


  • The 1.5 °C target calls for imagining and governing uncertain climate futures.

  • Anticipatory climate governance becomes central, including the role of foresight.

  • We review...

January 10, 2018

Building games together to help imagine and experiment with the many futures of food

How can we ensure food and nutrition security for everyone while making sure our food needs don’t wreck the planet?  This question, one of the biggest challenges of our time, was the key question of the EU-funded TRANSMANGO project. To investigate this question from a European perspective, TRANSMANGO researchers have delved deep into a wide ran...

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How do imagined futures affect the governance of complex worlds?


5 - 8 November 2018

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Earth System Governance is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and...

31 October - 3 November 2018

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Joost Vervoort is co-organising the 2018 Utrecht Winter School on Earth System Governance. 

The 2018 Utrecht Winter School on Earth System Governance is designed to function as an incubator for early career researchers working with...

6 - 9 February 2018

HKU Ina Boudier Bakkerlaan 50, Utrecht

The Sustainability Game” is a UU-wide tailor-made BSc honours course where UU and HKU (Utrecht School of the Arts) students team up and learn how to make applied games that engage their players with sustainability themes.

In this co...

23 January 2018


Utrecht University Museum, Utrecht​

We are excited to announce the start of the Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world’s vulnerable regions (RE-IMAGINE) project, led by Joost Vervoort (Utrecht University) and Aarti Gupta (Wageningen University & Rese...

7 December 2017

Academiegebouw, Utrecht

Successful adaptation of delta regions to the effects of climate change requires those involved in policy making to have a solid understanding of how natural and societal systems interact. On the 7th of December 2017, the Future Deltas seed-funded project...

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The Governing Futures Lab is a place where we conduct research on how imagining different futures can impact decision-making and action in the present from global to local levels – through policies, strategies, investments, community programs and new ways of working. We design, experiment with, critique and evaluate new approaches for engaging with the future in the context of sustainability challenges in complex systems.