Interdisciplinary research

Interdisciplinary research

Science will play a key role in the search for smart and sustainable solutions to social issues. At Utrecht University, we are committed to help solve pressing challenges that society faces today and tomorrow. One of our priorities is making societies more open and resilient. Such an extensive and complex mission requires an interdisciplinary approach to tackle it. Only by combining the expertise from various disciplines can we identify key issues, and try and offer the multidimensional answers that are needed in the face of the questions that surround societies today.

Four different faculties working together

At Utrecht University, we are leading the way when it comes to interdisciplinary research on the formal and informal rules of human action: institutions. Within Institutions for Open Societies (IOS), we have gathered excellent scholars from different disciplines originating from four faculties (Faculty of Geosciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) that work together.

Interdisciplinary research

Collaboration

We cannot do it alone. Innovation, new insights and social impact require cooperation between scientific disciplines as well as with societal and other partners. At IOS, and especially within the IOS-Hubs, we work intensively with other organisations and institutes.