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.


Eva Knies
3 September 2018
According to prof. dr. Eva Knies job satisfaction is largely produced by the feeling that you are adding a purposeful contribution to an organization’s targets.
Thomas Schillemans
3 July 2018
Thomas Schillemans appointed Professor in Accountability, Behaviour and Governance at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.
Europa in crisis?
21 June 2018
Femke van Esch and Hans Vollaard are still optimistic about the future of Europe.


5 October 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Elvin Zoet will defend his PhD thesis 'Significant Nothingness. Indeterminate modeling and signaling in complex international organizations.'
18 October 2018 12:30 - 18:00
Anat Admati (Stanford) will speak on Financial Crises and the Politics of Banking during the Prof. F. de Vries Lecture 2018.
Student met vlag van Universiteit Utrecht
16 November 2018 09:30 - 17 November 2018 16:00
Visit our Bachelor's Open Days on 16 and 17 November 2018!