Research Profile

We are working towards a better world. We do this by researching complex issues beyond the borders of disciplines.

Four strategic research themes

Collaboration within hubs

The strategic research themes harbour fourteen hubs, which focus on tackling key societal challenges. These hubs facilitate and initiate collaboration between the university and societal partners, such as other knowledge institutions, businesses, government authorities, NGOs and lobby groups.

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Focus areas

The Utrecht focus areas link fundamental research to a social mission. They are testing grounds in which we focus on a theme, take new paths and enter into new partnerships.

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Sustainable Development Goals

When it comes to solving the problems of the world, we aim high. We want to give direction to necessary transformations. The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) are a major guiding principle for us.

SDG's at Utrecht University

Top research on a wide range of areas

Global issues are complex: they are not limited to generations or continents and cannot be solved from one single perspective.

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Quality and integrity

Utrecht University stands for professional and high-quality academic work and ethically responsible research and teaching.

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