Brabant Center for Sustainable Development


Telos, the Brabant Centre for Sustainable Development, was established in 1999 as an interdisciplinary and independent research centre. Its objectives are to study, monitor, and support sustainable development in the province of Brabant, to support innovations, to raise awareness on sustainable development in society and among policy makers, and to support social learning.

Telos is based in Brabant, a province located in the south of the Netherlands, with 2.4 million inhabitants the second largest region in the country.
The province is the most industrialized province in the Netherlands. Furthermore, it can be caracterized as strongly urbanised and densely populated. South-East Brabant is an industrial mainport for knowledge intensive activities. Sixty per cent of the provincial area is used for agricultural purposes, in particular intensive cattle breeding and farming.

to develop long term strategic knowledge on sustainable development;

Partner in discussion:
to exchange and translate knowledge on sustainable development with stakeholders;

to collect, aggregate, and analyse data on sustainable regional development;

to develop concepts and instruments to monitor integrated sustainable development;

to facilitate debate and to raise awareness on sustainable development


  • development of theory of sustainable regional and urban development;
  • development of theory of transition processess: case studies in Brabant;


  • quantitative assessment of sustainable development in the province of Brabant (provincial, urban, and rural perspective);
  • quantitative assessment of consequences of reconstruction measures in the rural areas of Brabant;

Sustainable rural development

  • development of instruments to assess the consequences of policy interventions in rural areas;
  • the role and potential of local authorities in sustainable rural development;

Delinking of environmental damage and economic development

  • energy efficiency in production chains;
  • valorization of waste products in the food processing industry;

Role of stakeholders

  • the match and differences between opinions and behaviour of individuals regarding sustainable development;
  • the role of consumers in the process of sustainable development

Telos has a small front office, staffed by highly qualified experts, and a large back-office, consisting of experts working with the partner organisations mentioned above. It is precisely this combination which gives Telos its strength and added value. The arrangement generates integration and fine-tuning, enables co-operative and innovative ways of looking for solutions, and creates the opportunities for cross-fertilization between the different experts.

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