How can we build a society in which everyone participates, makes the most of his or her talents and feels safe? This is the key question of our research groups, working with and for (prospective) professionals in the broad social domain.

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.

Neighbours coming together Lia van Doorn

“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

Education

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 Bell | Researcher | Organising Decent Work

Leendert de Bell

Professor Decent Work Show profile
Jacqueline Bosker | Professor | Working with Mandated Clients

Jacqueline Bosker

Professor Working with Mandated Clients Show profile
Josje Dikkers

Josje Dikkers

Professor Decent Work Show profile
Andrea Donker | Professor | Knowledge analysis societal security

Andrea Donker

Professor Knowledge Analysis Societal Security Show profile
Lia van Doorn | Professor | Research group Innovative Social Services

Lia van Doorn

Professor Innovative Social Services Show profile
Querine Eijkman | Researcher | Research group Access to Justice

Quirine Eijkman

Professor Access to Justice Show profile

Nadja Jungmann

Professor Debt and Debt Collection Show profile
Tamara Madern | Professor | Debt and Debt Collection

Tamara Madern

Professor Debt and Debt Collection Show profile
Stijn Verhagen | Professor | Participation and Urban Development

Stijn Verhagen

Professor Participation and Urban Development Show profile
Vivienne de Vogel | Professor | Working with Mandated Clients

Vivienne de Vogel

Professor Working with Mandated Clients Show profile
Nico de Vos | Professor | Participation and Urban Development

Nico de Vos

Professor Participation and Urban Development Show profile
Saskia Wijsbroek | Professor | Youth

Saskia Wijsbroek

Professor Youth Show profile
Jean Pierre Wilken | Professor | Participation, Care and Support

Jean-Pierre Wilken

Professor Participation, Care and Support Show profile

Collaboration

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:

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Social Innovation