Strategic themes

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. In these themes, researchers with different expertises are joining forces with societal partners to ponder research questions and strategies on tackling key societal challenges. 

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Dynamics of Youth

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?

Crossroads respresenting unwritten and written traffic rules

Institutions for Open Societies

How do institutions – the formal and informal rules of human action – contribute to long-term prosperity, equality and democracy?

Life Sciences

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.

Pathways to Sustainability

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.