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.


Prof. dr. Marijk van der Wende.
1 November 2017
On 1 November 2017, Prof Marijk van der Wende was appointed Distinguished Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.
workshop participants
25 October 2017
Workshop on October 24​, 2017 with Succesful Public Governance researchers and the VOM about success of government organizations.
Igbal Safarov
24 October 2017
Igbal Safarov (Utrecht University School of Governance) received the Enlighten Your Research Award 2017 of EaP.


Play the Game
27 November 2017 14:15 - 16:00
Panel discussion of representatives of MACS and governments, as part of the international Play The Game Conference.
Kenniscafé Sport Live!
29 November 2017 16:30 - 20:00
Experts like Declan Hill, Michael van Praag and Frank van Eekeren will present their views on integrity in sport governance.
10 January 2018 09:00 - 13 January 2018 17:00
An experiential working and learning conference about how people shape their working roles in groups and organisations.