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 2019
There are still far too few women in top positions. The government is considering robust measures and has asked the Social and Economic Council for advice.
Governing by looking back
19 March 2019
Paul ‘t Hart and Jo Luetjens have produced the report 'Governing by looking back' as part of an independent review of the Australian Public Service.
18 February 2019
Professor Christian Keysers is one of the keynote speakers of the interdisciplinary seminar for scientists and policy makers on April 11, 2019.


Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht
22 March 2019 10:30 - 11:30
On 22nd March 2019 at 10.30 am. Tom Overmans will defend his PhD thesis 'The Austerity Paradox'.
11 April 2019 13:00 - 17:45
During the seminar, the relevance of autonomous choice and empathy for developing new public policies will be explored.
Academiegebouw Universiteit Utrecht
26 April 2019 10:30 - 11:30
Minou de Ruiter will defend her PhD thesis 'Walking the Tightrope. Political accountability, blame and ministerial survival in two Parliamentary systems'.