Resilient Societies

Resilient Societies is a multidisciplinary research theme within the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance that contributes to resolving issues in society. Resilient societies are better able to respond flexibly to such themes as migration, climate change, new technologies or geopolitical shifts.

Sub themes

The programme's research is conducted along three subsidiary themes:
Future of Work, Regulation of Innovation and Resilient Rule of Law.


Our society faces challenges such as:

  • robots who will take over our work and create job losses;
  • refugees and labour migrants who must be accommodated in society;
  • citizens who experience an increasing gulf between themselves and politics and governance.

We are better able to deal with changes of this kind if we are prepared for these changes. Perhaps it will prove necessary to adapt existing rules or social systems. But how can you ensure that principles such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law can be upheld?

These challenges demand interaction between the academic world, citizens, the business community and civil-society organisations. Together we can shape a resilient and stable society that can withstand the shocks of future and unpredictable developments.

News related to Resilient Societies

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11 September 2017
Prof Maarten Goos (Utrecht University School of Economics) has been awarded a Horizon 2020-grant for the research project 'INBOTS'.
4 September 2017
PhD candidate Ronja Röttger receives a NWO Research Talent Grant for her research 'Worker adjustment in the digital age'.
27 June 2017
Sanne Akerboom held a presentation of the project 'Facilitating the energy transition in the energy intensive industry'.