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.


Paul Boselie
4 June 2018
On 1 September 2018, Paul Boselie will take up the position as Head of Utrecht University School of Governance (USG).
Bureau met stapels papier en voeten erop
30 May 2018
The Vidi is awarded for Tummers research proposal 'Lazy Bureaucrats- Studying stereotypes of civil servants and its effects across countries'.
PCCA conference
17 May 2018
Please apply for the 'Working conference Exclusion, Resentment and the Return of the Repressed' between 30 August-3 september 2018.


Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Social Entrepreneurship Festival 2016
19 June 2018 09:00 - 20 June 2018 20:00
The latest academic insights on social entrepreneurship from top researchers, workshops and high-profile guests.