18 April 2018 from 10:30 to 17:30

Interdisciplinary Symposium 'In- and exclusion; the Role of Institutions'

The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers of different disciplines to shed light on the role that institutions play in the inclusion and exclusion of individuals and groups in modern society.

Questions that are discussed include: Which roles have institutions and institutional change played over the last decades in the development of in- and exclusion? How do local governments use laws and regulations to either include or exclude refugees? How does the institutional setup of educational systems affect patterns of societal exclusion by socioeconomic background, ethnicity and gender? What role do the media play in the marginalization of women at all levels of society? And by which subtle psychological mechanisms are social inequalities between groups maintained?

This symposium will be especially of interest to scholars who want to discuss and learn about topics related to social inequality and social exclusion from multiple scientific perspectives.

The programme will be announced soon.



This symposium is organized by the IOS stream ‘ Equality, Inclusiveness and Social Mobility’.


‘Institutions’ is one of the strategic themes of Utrecht University. At Utrecht University, scholars from the fields of economics, history, public administration, culture, law, sociology, social psychology, ethics, innovation studies, and geography join forces to find answers to urgent questions related to social, economic and political institutions.
Why do societies develop so divergently? And how do institutions contribute to the formation of open and sustainable societies? How can we create and reinforce robust, resilient, and inclusive democratic institutions?


Organising committee

Social and Behavioural Sciences - Psychology - Social, Health & Organizational Psychology
Social and Behavioural Sciences - Social Sciences - Sociology
Law, Economics and Governance - Utrecht University School of Economics - Chair of Labour Economics
Start date and time
18 April 2018 10:30
End date and time
18 April 2018 17:30
Entrance fee