Today’s social issues
Social professionals work in a complex and dynamic context. They are constantly facing new challenges as a result of changing legislation and regulations, increasing diversity, transformations and transitions in the social domain and other developments. In the field of participation, welfare, care and support, youth assistance, work and income, debt relief, homelessness, access to justice, probation, social security, and participation in education, sports and culture, for instance. The HU contributes relevant knowledge and feasible solutions for (prospective) social professionals. In addition, we put various societal and social issues on the public agenda.
Working alliance between professionals and (semi-)mandated clients
In probation, youth protection and debt assistance, professionals have a guiding and controlling task. How does this work out in the relationship with the client?
Joined Forces: Strengthen professional behavior in probation services for addicted offenders
Research, together with probation officers and probation clients, how counseling for clients can be improved by optimally deploying and connecting the three knowledge sources.
“With our practice-oriented research we work towards an inclusive, just and secure society. Social innovation revolves around the 'human factor' in all societal challenges that we face in 2020.”Nico de Vos, philosopher, director of the Research Centre Social Innovation and professor at the Research Group Participation and Urban Development
There are a number of ways in which we involve students in our research, including graduation projects, student-assistantships and learning workplaces. In addition, professorships play an important role in the development and substantive elaboration of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in the field of social work, labour and organisation, nursing, justice, public safety and educational theory.
the research groups
Leendert de BellProfessor Decent Work Show profile
Jacqueline BoskerProfessor Working with Mandated Clients Show profile
Josje DikkersProfessor Decent Work Show profile
Andrea DonkerProfessor Knowledge Analysis Societal Security Show profile
Lia van DoornProfessor Innovative Social Services Show profile
Quirine EijkmanProfessor Access to Justice Show profile
Nadja JungmannProfessor Debt and Debt Collection Show profile
Tamara MadernProfessor Debt and Debt Collection Show profile
Stijn VerhagenProfessor Participation and Urban Development Show profile
Vivienne de VogelProfessor Working with Mandated Clients Show profile
Nico de VosProfessor Participation and Urban Development Show profile
Saskia WijsbroekProfessor Youth Show profile
Jean-Pierre WilkenProfessor Participation, Care and Support Show profile
We develop a wide range of procedures and products that have an impact on professional practice and education and knowledge development in our field. We do this together with partners from the professional field - civil society organizations, social enterprises, governments and the people involved - in close connection with education and other knowledge institutions. Our partners include community and volunteer organisations, care and welfare organisations, schools, probation organisations, ministries and municipalities.
Labs and centres of expertise
We collaborate in various ways to develop and share specific knowledge and expertise: