Societal impact

The knowledge acquired through research is made available to a wider audience through various forms of education and training for professionals: lectures, professional publications, radio interviews-, podcasts, tv performances and social media. Educating professionals is crucial in this context. For example, the course organised by the PPRC 'Aanbestedingsrecht voor de inkooppraktijk' is the only interdisciplinary course at a Dutch university on public purchasing and public procurement law. Also, masterclasses, in-company courses, congresses and online seminars are organised with the same purpose in mind (see Opleiding).

Up until now, PPRC research has had a substantial impact in society. Its activities have led to Parliamentary debates (e.g. parliamentary questions on the allegedly illegal cooperation between the Belastingdienst and the National Archive), expert hearings and opinions in Parliament (e.g. in the implementation of the public procurement directives), and various influential leaflets. By participating in 'Beter Aanbesteden', an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the results of the PPRC-research received wider attention. Since 2019, PPRC research is made available to a broader adience and further discussed in the podcast 'Bestek - de Aanbestedingspodcast'. In short, PPRC-researchers contribute structurally to improving laws and practices in the Netherlands and beyond. 

Embedding within the UU

Due to the selection of its research themes (core values, solidarity, sustainability and innovation), the PPRC links up with research that is conducted university-wide in Utrecht (Institutions for Open Societies - IOS) and within the law faculty (RENFORCE). In addition, the PPRC fulfils a key role in the IOS research-hub 'Entrepreneurship for Social Challenges', in which research is done into the role and possible contribution of (social) enterprises and social entrepreneurship in overcoming societal challenges.