The school was initiated in 1994 by six academic institutions: the Utrecht University, the University of Amsterdam, the Wageningen University and Research Centre, Erasmus University/Institute of Social Studies (The Hague), the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), and the Radboud University Nijmegen.
Since the start CERES has established links with many other universities and research institutes in the field of societal transformation studies. At moment CERES’ main partners are:
CERES also cooperates with research groups and individual researchers, of a.o. the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Free University Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, and other national research schools whose research domains relate to the CERES research domain.