Research

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 for Open Societies.

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 Pathsways to Sustainability.

Development of data science techniques

How can we accelerate the development of data science techniques in research areas where they are not yet applied? This research is carried out within the focus area Applied Data Science.

Education for Learning Societies

How does education help society move forward? This research is carried out within the focus area Education for Learning Societies.

Serious gaming and playful interaction

How can games inform, motivate, appeal to emotion, and influence behavior? This research is carried out within the focus area Game Research.

Take on new challenges

How can professionals effectively anticipate the changing nature of professional work? This research is carried out within the focus area Professional Performance.

A great example of team play

What new knowledge can sports yield about co-creating public value? This research is carried out within the focus area Sports and Society.

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The Rubicon programme is intended to give young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.
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