Radboud university (RU)


Radboud University is a leading Dutch university, known for its international orientation, wide range of academic disciplines, interdisciplinary research and push towards creating societal impact on regional, national and international levels. The campus is home to world-class research facilities. University’s reputation for excellence in Europe is reflected in its rankings: 105 in the ARWU/Shanghai ranking (2020), 128 in the THE ranking (2020), and 24 in the THE Europe Teaching ranking (2019).

The University enrolls over 22,000 students and employs over 5,000 staff members. It includes 7 faculties, 15 research institutes and is in close collaboration with the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). Research and training is organized in 14 dedicated interdisciplinary research institutes, and meets the highest quality standards. 

Radboud University has since long been actively involved in EU Framework Programmes for research and innovation. Altogether Radboud University and Radboudumc coordinated 260 projects (including FP7, H2020, Erasmus+ and EU Health Programme (3HP). 

The organisations together secured funding for 268 projects under FP7 and 285 projects under H2020 and jointly ranked second in the Netherlands with highest net EU contribution for awarded projects in Horizon 2020. 

In 2015-2018, researchers at RU and Radboudumc submitted a total of 39 patents in Chemistry, Health Sciences and Life Sciences. Furthermore, 21 spin-off companies started up on the basis of previously developed intellectual property.

On the European level, Radboud University is an active member of European Innovation platforms such as the Knowledge & Innovation Community EIT Raw Materials as well as the Guild – a network of European research intensive universities. 

In addition, Radboud University and Radboudumc have intensive collaborations with major multinational companies in the Netherlands and Europe and established strong cooperation with local and regional governmental agencies, civil society actors and  other stakeholders. 

The Institute for Management Research (IMR)

The Institute for Management Research (IMR) at RU is the research institute of the Nijmegen School of Management. IMR researchers carry out state-of-the-art research into complex problems of governance and management, in order to explain the causes of these problems, and to use that knowledge to create potential solutions. Combining knowledge and expertise from multiple disciplines with collaboration with societal relevant actors, IMR motto is ‘Responsible Governance for Sustainable Societies‘.

Role in CHOICE

RU brings expertise in global systems modelling and model-based stakeholder engagement to the CHOICE project. Using the FeliX model [], RU will analyze the drivers and implications of dietary behavior changes beyond the food and land use systems. FeliX is a global system dynamics model of climate, economy, environment and society interactions, hence it enables a bottom-up development of behavior change scenarios based on the interaction of individual, economic, social and environmental drivers. It also facilitates an integrated assessment of the implications of behavior change scenarios, that is, the resulting emission pathways and mitigation potential, including the climate impacts on economy and society. In the CHOICE project, RU will also lead the development of an online interactive simulation environment (ISE) as an interface to the FeliX model. This ISE will enable participatory development of the climate change mitigation scenarios especially taking the scale and timing of behavior changes in the food system into account, hence will facilitate knowledge co-production with various actors from the society, policy and industry. This tool will also serve as a bridge between various stakeholders and detailed integrated assessment models through the FeliX model.         

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