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Sustainability and Economics

With climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss and other major environmental concerns, sustainability has become a hot topic for international organisations and governments all around the world. This interdisciplinary minor will equip you with the necessary tools from economic, environmental and political approaches to acquire a general understanding of the subject and to analyse, evaluate and propose environmental policy and governance measures.

What will you learn in this minor?
After successfully finishing this minor, you will have acquired thorough knowledge on the theoretical and practical applications of Sustainability and Economics.  You can use this to participate in and contribute to policy discussions.

Moreover, you will obtain an understanding of the (dis)advantages of a variety of policies measures, discuss possible implications and can guide dialogues about these topics towards a better and more sustainable world. Students who take this minor will have a competitive edge when seeking employment in the field of sustainability in the private sector, public sector, NGOs and international organizations.


The minor contains of 30 EC and can be completed in one semester. It includes the five compulsory courses of 6 EC each. Please note that the minor programme for 2020-2021 is still underconstruction and the information below may be subject to change.

  Semester 1
Period 1 Circular Economy
  Cities and Change
Period 2 Environmental Economics
Period 1, 2 & 3 Degrowth

The detailed course descriptions will be made available in the new Course Catalogue. This Course Catalogue will be available in June.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the first year of a research university Bachelor's programme (WO) or University of Applied Sciences programme (HBO) is required for participation.
  • This minor is not open to students who have already completed one of the courses as part of their Bachelor’s programme.
  • No prior knowledge in Economics or Politics is required.
  • This minor is open to students of UvA Economics and Business.

Application and Admission

This minor has limited capacity and works on a first come, first served basis.

The application forms will be made available here on 10 April 2020 at 13:00. You need to apply for the minor before you can register for minor courses.

To ensure timely registration, please take into account the following dates:
> For UvA- students: apply before 1 June 2020
> For non-UvA students: apply before 15 May 2020

More info and contact

For more general information about taking a minor, visit the student website about minors at UvA Economics and Business. Or you can contact the Education Desk.

Sustainability and Economics
Mode Full-time
Credits 30 ECTS, 5 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September