Faculty of Humanities

With our expertise, we contribute to analysing and solving issues in society, science and scholarship in the following areas:

University-wide themes

Utrecht University has four strategic research themes and eleven research focus areas, in which academics from different fields of study cooperate on an integrated approach to current issues. Humanities scholars participate in the following themes in particular:

What makes a society open and resilient?

What is the contribution made by institutions – the formal and informal rules of human action – to long-term prosperity, equality and democracy? This research is carried out within the strategic theme Institutions.

Growing up to become well-balanced adults

How can young people develop into well-balanced adults in a rapidly-changing society? This research is carried out within the strategic theme Dynamics of Youth.

Towards a sustainable society

How can we make the transition towards a society that is ecologically, economically and socially balanced? This research is carried out within the strategic theme Sustainability.

The cultural and legal foundations of citizenship

Who belongs? Who is protected by the law? Which cultural factors are shaping citizenship in Europe today? This research is carried out within the focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights.

The nature and impact of scientific knowledge

How has the production of scientific knowledge developed over the centuries, and how are the results being disseminated? This research is carried out within the focus area History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities.

Latest news on research

William Bell Scott, Iron and Coal, 1855-60 - Wikimedia Commons
27 February 2015
Surprisingly little is known about how and why industrialisation moved across the globe.
Prof. dr. Sandra Ponzanesi
26 February 2015
Sandra Ponzanesi has received an ERC Grant to study the role of digital technologies in the integration of migrant communities in Europe.
20 February 2015
In the 7-volume synthesis Syntax of Dutch, two new volumes have been published on verbs and verb phrases. Norbert Corver is one of the authors.
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