How can bottom-up cooperation lead to an open and more resilient society?

Citizen’s today are increasingly taking charge of things. They no longer simply rely on the state for their wellbeing. Many of these bottom-up initiatives and new forms of collectives aim to address pressing social issues. Civilians unite in a cooperation to ensure care for their elderly or children, or share their car or house to complete strangers through an online platform. What motivates citizens to cooperate and become involved? And does this lead to an open and more resilient society?

The FOCI Hub advises, promotes and stimulates citizen-based initiatives and is a platform for collaboration between Utrecht University researchers and societal partners on this theme. Feel free to approach us with questions or queries!    


Hong Kong 1 July Protests
24 June 2019
On 18 June The Guardian published an article by Antoine Buyse on the protests in Sudan and Hong Kong.
Prof. dr. Bas van Bavel.
21 June 2019
Economic historian professor Bas van Bavel has received the NWO Spinoza Prize of 2.5 million euros, the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands.
Verticaal bos
26 April 2019
In residents’ initiatives that aim to boost a city’s climate resilience, municipalities aim to focus more on facilitating, according to UU scientists.


16 September 2019 09:00 - 17:00
One day dedicated to all facets of IOS research, centered around the theme: European Open Societies in 2030 - Challenges and Institutional Responses.