The research programme SCOOP is set to receive €18.8 million in funding under the prestigious NWO Gravitation programme. This was announced by Minister Bussemaker this afternoon. SCOOP – Sustainable Cooperation: Roadmaps to a Resilient Society – is a comprehensive interdisciplinary research programme in which sociologists, psychologists, historians and philosophers join forces in the search for new solutions to sustainable cooperation in the fields of health care, work environment and integration. The consortium is composed of researchers from Utrecht University, the University of Groningen (coordinator), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen and Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Cooperation is the key to resilient families, communities and organisations. By working together, individuals are able to achieve results which they could never achieve on their own. Yet why do some partnerships and alliances fall apart, while others continue to function perfectly for long periods of time? Are our current forms of cooperation able to withstand drastic changes in society such as an ageing population, large-scale migration and a digital revolution?