Global collaboration on social issues of the future.
Utrecht University focuses its research on four strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability.
Dynamics of Youth researches the development of young people in a rapidly changing society. Who is at risk and how can we ensure the optimal conditions for individual and social development?
How do institutions – the formal and informal rules of human action – contribute to long-term prosperity, equality and democracy?
Life Sciences research in Utrecht is diverse and reflects the long and rich history of Utrecht University, its strategic partners and collaborators. Together, we're striving to create sustainable solutions for our constantly changing world, and to ensure a healthy future for subsequent generations.
What is needed to enable the transition towards a more sustainable society? Pathways to Sustainability contributes to a sustainable future by means of transdisciplinary research. Excellent researchers from the humanities, social and natural sciences work together with external partners to develop a more sustainable society.
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.
Hubs are the ultimate representation of a new way of thinking: one that is not based on the application or 'valorisation' of previously acquired academic knowledge but on joining forces with others to ponder research questions and strategies.