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.


12 January 2018
The European Commission had appointed Prof. Madeleine de Cock Buning of Utrecht University to chair the new High-Level Expert Group on fake news.
Student met aziatisch uiterlijk in een Nederlandse collegezaal
4 January 2018
By doing courses via INclUUsion, several refugees have already been admitted to full master's programmes educated by Dutch universities.
omslag rapport Kansen begrensd: Evaluatie van de Kansspelautoriteit
21 November 2017
The Gambling Authority has much to gain by intensifying its efforts to coordinate the prevention of gambling addiction.


REBO Impact Night: Resilient Societies
24 January 2018 17:30 - 21:00
Event for employees, students and alumni of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. It will focus on the theme ‘Resilient Societies’.
2 March 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Carolyn Moser wil defend her PhD thesis 'EU Civilian Crisis Management. Law and Practice of Accountability'.
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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.