With our expertise, we contribute to analysing and solving issues in society, science and scholarship in the following areas:
Utrecht University has four strategic research themes and twelve 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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