Sharing Knowledge

Research and consultancy

Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics can be widely deployed in society. The staff at the Ethics Institute can consult on numerous issues and projects in order to clarify structure, assumptions and relevant values. Read more about our research.

Ethicists of Utrecht University have worked on research and consultancy projects for a range of commissioning parties ranging from the Netherlands Forensic Institute to the Rathenau Institute and from various GGD municipal health service institutions to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The researchers in the Ethics Institute participate in numerous advisory committees, consultative groups, think tanks and ethical committees.

Education for professionals

Staff at the Ethics Institute are also involved in educating professionals in ethics and practical philosophy. In the past, tailor-made courses have been developed for the Netherlands Forensic Institute, the Ministry of Agriculture, The Netherlands Institute for Social Research and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. Anyone who calls on the Institute for courses or in-company training will find an experienced team that develops tailor-made offerings. We currently offer a programme in Dutch on Ethics in Public Administration, focusing on a systematic method for moral deliberation. For information on other forms of education for professionals, please contact Jeannette Boere.

In the media

Utrecht philosophers regularly contribute to and give interviews to national and regional newspapers in the Netherlands (including Trouw, NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant, Nederlands Dagblad, Financieel Dagblad, Parool), magazines and journals (including de Groene Amsterdammer, Filosofie en Praktijk, Filosofie Magazine, Volzin), TV and radio programmes (including Buitenhof, Het Filosofisch Kwintet, Kunststof), blogs (including Bij Nader Inzien, Sociale Vraagstukken, Crooked Timber) and columns.