How do institutions contribute to the formation and flourishment of open societies?

At Utrecht University, the best scholars from four faculties joined forces at Utrecht’s research area of expertise: Institutions for Open Societies (IOS). Scholars at IOS aim at using an interdisciplinary approach to tackle two vital societal questions: Why do societies develop so divergently? And how do institutions contribute to the formation of open and sustainable societies? To find answers to these questions, interdisciplinary research is conducted into the formal and informal rules of human interaction: institutions.

IOS-HUBS: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS SOCIETY TO SOLVE PRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES


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25 March 2019
Ruth van Veelen and Belle Derks published a report on their research into the hidden differences in work tasks of men and women in academia.
21 March 2019
During its 383rd Anniversary Day, Utrecht University will be conferring honorary doctorates on Sionaidh Douglas-Scott and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
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20 March 2019
There are still far too few women in top positions. The government is considering robust measures and has asked the Social and Economic Council for advice.

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Events

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26 March 2019 12:00 - 13:30
On 26 March the first lunch conversation, ‘Speaking gender and diversity across the disciplines: how not to get lost in translation', will take place.
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26 March 2019 15:00 - 17:00
On 26 March 2019, Utrecht University will celebrate its 383rd birthday. The theme of the anniversary celebrations is ‘Education for life’.
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27 March 2019 13:00 - 17:30
Is it possible to decriminalise prostitution in the Netherlands? What consequences does this have? What do sex workers and policymakers think?

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