Society now and in the future
How do we sustain a resilient and open society?
The corona outbreak has drastically changed our daily lives. Hard work is being done to stop the virus from spreading. Moreover, it is important to look ahead. Measures to keep the virus contained also affect our behavior, our rights, and freedoms. What impact does the pandemic have on our work, social relationships, the economy, our privacy, safety, and inequality in society? Researchers from Utrecht University help to answer these questions about our (future) society.
How to ensure that people follow the ‘corona rules’?
Kees van den Bos, professor of Social Psychology
“We humans are not that great at handling uncertainty. That is why the government should provide a concrete timetable we can work towards”
Denise de Ridder, professor of Psychology
“Most people are willing to cooperate, but vague rules may influence their behavior. It is important to involve behavioral experts for advice on how to get people on board". Denise the Ridder is an advisor to the Corona behavioral unit of the National Health Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).
Expertise: health behavior | self-control
Could this crisis be 'the great equalizer' for our society?
Rutger Claassen, professor of Political Philosophy and Economical Ethics
‘We cannot separate the settlement of the corona crisis from the discussion about the increased wealth inequalities in Western economies. The crisis hits the weakest in society harder than others’
Ingrid Robeyns, professor of Ethics of institutions
‘The Covid-virus reinforces differences. In the Netherlands, as well as in other countries, pore people are hit extra hard. You can see the inequality surface in the field of education, amongst other things’
Bas van Bavel, professor of Social and Economic History
"A disaster or crisis offers an opportunity to change things. But the question is: who uses that opportunity to adjust the societal rules? It’s time to think about how you can perpetuate positive effects."
Expertise: economical transitions | societal development
In the media: Podcast: How will society look like after COVID-19? | 'The measures taken afterwards are crucial'
Contact: 030 253 7869 | firstname.lastname@example.org
How is the crisis affecting our work and the job market?
Tanja van der Lippe, professor of Sociology
‘To remain effective at home, it is important that you keep in touch with others. Social connection also keeps you healthy’
How does this crisis impact values such as equality, freedom, and security?
Beatrice de Graaf, professor History of security
"History teaches us that it is knowledge and skills that get us far. That pandemics can be tamed, and international cooperation can limit the damage. It also offers a chance to combat inequality at home, in Europe and globally."
Mara Yerkes, assistant professor of Social Sciences
‘The Covid-19 pandemic and government measures could have far-reaching consequences for equality between men and women’
Ilse van Liempt, assistant professor in Urban Geography
‘The coronavirus pandemic has led to a crisis among asylum seekers and refugees in the Netherlands.’
Expertise: migration | inclusion & exclusion | human geography
In the media: Misinformation is leading to ‘fake news’ anxieties in Dutch refugee communities
Contact: I.C.vanLiempt@uu.nl | (Twitter) @ilsevanliempt
What is the importance of good leadership and crisis management under current circumstances?
Paul 't Hart, professor Public governance & management
“In the Netherlands, we live in an open society. It is important for policymakers to keep that in mind. The government must find a strategy that works with the Dutch 'matter of fact'-nature”
Expertise: crisis management | leadership in times of crisis
In the media: Facing the Conundrums of the Corona Crisis: Challenges to Political Leadership
Contact: 030 253 6359 | P.tHart@uu.nl | (Twitter) @paulthart88