Public Issues, Public Values

The Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) studies public issues and public organisations in their interaction with the developments in politics and society. The key question in this is how public organisations and private organisations with a public task deal with current social issues, how they shape their public responsibilities and deliver public value.

Our academic research is renowned both in the Netherlands and abroad. It focuses on the key themes of accountability, professionalism, public service performance, organisational change, innovation and public leadership. We pay particular attention to public organisations such as the European Union, central and local governments, the police, the armed forces and the judiciary, and private organisations with a public task, such as hospitals, schools, housing corporations, sports organisations and cultural institutions.

Small-scale, interactive education, also for professionals

Our programmes are aimed at motivated people from all walks of life who want to play a meaningful part in solving social problems and to contribute to public value. Both the Bachelor's and Master's Programmes in Public Administration and Organisation Science and the Programmes for professionals are small-scale, intensive and interactive.

Relevant consultancy, applied academic research

We work together with clients and partners to offer high-quality management consultancy and carry out applied academic research. Socially relevant, practically applicable and highly accessible.


20 March 2018
Linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen's death prompted a team of researchers to conduct a unique multidisciplinary study.
Lars Tummers
2 March 2018
As of 1 March 2018 Lars Tummers has been appointed as professor of Public Administration and Organisation Science, specifically Public Management and Behavior.
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20 February 2018
Beatrice de Graaf and Mirko Noordegraaf were involved in two reports on the approach of the municipality of Amsterdam to radicalization and counterterrorism.


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10 April 2018 09:00 - 14 April 2018 17:30
Stefanie Beyens (University of Utrecht) and Allen McConnell (University of Sydney) will chair the workshop Understanding Success in Government.