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.


Sport and Society call seed money 2020-2022
12 November 2019
Sport & Society aims to subsidise research programmes investigating ‘criminal undermining of sport clubs’ and ‘risky play’.
Future of Work Podcast
21 October 2019
The Future of Work Hub of Utrecht University is producing a series of podcasts on the future of work, together with People Power.
CfGC Saving brains
26 September 2019
The Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges hosted a workshop on early childhood development.


Vooraanzicht Academiegebouw
19 November 2019 18:00 - 19:00
Jorren Scherpenisse will defend his PhD thesis 'The discipline of time: On temporalising public governance.'
20 November 2019 14:00 - 17:00
During this masterclass, we will discuss the further development of the concept of prosocial nudges and their eventual implementation into public policies.
Vooraanzicht Academiegebouw
20 November 2019 14:30 - 15:30
Frans van Beek will defend his PhD thesis 'Hernieuwbare energie voor iedereen.'