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A Sustainable Future (ASF) builds upon competence of the Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE) and the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) in sustainability research.

We aim at promoting the broadest contribution of business and economic scholarship to pressing societal needs, and addressing challenges to our future economic, social, and environmental balance. Internal and external joint seminars allow a debate across disciplinary approaches, fostering the development of insights for a sustainable future.

Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)

Research themes of ASF are based on the SDGs, grouped in 3 areas.

  • Sustainable Economy

    Sustainable Economy aims at understanding long term trends and economic sustainability while integrating societal and environmental concerns. It requires a shift from explaining past outcomes to interpreting current conditions and anticipating future transformations.

    Examples of research fields:

    • Economic and financial stagnation
    • Financial stability in light of environmental and technological evolution
    • Redistributive technology and income/wealth inequality
    • Sharing economy, social entrepreneurship, new organizational forms
    • Responsible production, consumption, and marketing

    Sustainable Economy is based on SDGs 8, 9, 10, 12 and 17

  • Sustainable Society

    Sustainable Society focuses on themes of societal stability, cohesion and inclusion, affected by economic and environmental changes, addressing wider issues of social inequality, ethics and fairness.

    Examples of research fields:

    • Cohesion in a polarizing world
    • Ethics in business and social interactions
    • Inclusive development of cities and regions
    • Equitable human capital development

    Sustainable Society is based on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 16

  • Sustainable Planet

    Sustainable Planet focuses on themes of environmental stability against the background of economic and societal opportunities and constraints.

    Examples of research fields:

    • Climate change and clean energy
    • Circular economies, cities and business models
    • Sustainable collective and individual behaviours
    • Greening of finance & pension funds

    Sustainable Planet is based on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 and 15

Broader goals of A Sustainable Future

Next to classic research, ASF promotes closer links of academic research with the broader needs of society.

  • Outreach events

    The ASF outreach events are aimed at a broader public. Examples of global themes are sustainable development challenges, rising inequality, social cohesion, climate change adaptation, pension prospects, nudging and macro prudential policy.

  • Promoting the formation of researchers with a broader vision

    We promote interaction for junior researchers through recurrent events and an internal seminar bridging ASE and ABS. We strive to overcome narrow methodological views and promote a more integrated view.

  • Contributing to academic hiring and curriculum renewal

    As ASF, we contribute to educational content on sustainability and attract new faculty members active on sustainability themes.