How we can build a society in which everyone participates, feels safe and makes the most of his or her talents? This is the key question our research groups within the Social Innovation theme focus on – working with, and on behalf of, existing and prospective social professionals.

Today’s social issues

Social professionals work in a dynamic context. They are constantly faced with new challenges as a result of changing legislation and regulations, increasing diversity, the transformation of the social domain and other developments. In the field of care, youth welfare, debt relief, labour market participation, safety and participation in sports and culture, for instance. The HU contributes relevant knowledge and feasible solutions for existing and prospective social professionals, which can be applied in real-life situations. In addition, we work to put various societal and social issues on the public agenda.

Neighbours coming together Lia van Doorn

“We aim to develop new ideas and services that contribute to new social relationships, answers or partnerships. This is our definition of social innovation.”

Lia van Doorn Professor of Innovative Social Services

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

Jacqueline Bosker | Professor | Working with Mandated Clients

Jacqueline Bosker

Professor Working with Mandated Clients Show profile

Josje Dikkers

Professor Organising Change in the Public Domain 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
Rob Gründemann | Emeritus Professor | Research centre for Social Innovation

Rob Gründemann

Professor Organising Change in the Public Domain Show profile
Loes Houweling | Researcher | Youth

Loes Houweling

Professor Youth 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
Micha de Winter | Professor | Youth

Micha de Winter

Professor Youth Show profile

Partnerships

We develop a wide range of procedures and products that have an impact on professional practice and education and that contribute to knowledge development in our field. We do this together with social partners from the education sector, professional practice and regional, national and international knowledge institutions. Our partners include community and volunteer organisations, schools, ministries and municipal administrations.

Labs and centres of expertise

In the Legal Empowerment Lab, the Institute for Law and the research group Access to Justice work together with professionals and students on access to justice and legal empowerment for citizens. Check out what this Lab can do for you:

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