Science and Society

Institutions for Open Societies: Hubs

IOS Science and Society

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 Utrecht’s research area of expertise – Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) – we gathered top scholars from four faculties, who work together to help solve pressing challenges that society faces today and tomorrow.

Fruitful and sustainable answers to societal questions can only be found as we go beyond the existing academic frameworks. At IOS, we believe that innovation, new insights and social impact require cooperation not only between scientific disciplines but also with knowledge and know-how from professionals outside the scientific field.

Research aimed at solving challenges that society faces today and tomorrow

Science meets society

Starting 2018, Institutions for Open Societies is proud to announce focal points of research in which we take an important step in connecting science and society to solve pressing societal issues: the IOS Hubs.

Innovation and new insights require cooperation not only between scientific disciplines but also with professionals outside the scientific field

Within the IOS Hubs, excellent researchers from different disciplines collaborate with private and public partners on societal issues. They are all selected due to their major impact on building and preserving open and sustainable societies. The five IOS Hubs are: Future of Work, Future of Citizen-based Initiatives, Security in Open Societies, Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, and Gender and Diversity.

In order to offer chances to new initiatives, IOS also supports the research platforms Markets & Corporations in Open Societies, Contesting GovernanceEU Politics and Policy and Liberal and Illiberal Democracy; as well as the Better Wellbeing Index project