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.
On becoming a good probation worker
The research conducted by the HU has yielded an overview of the training programmes followed by probation workers in the different EU countries.
Mixed housing: the lessons learned in practice
What can we learn from five mixed housing projects in Utrecht? This research showed that residents are usually happy, regardless of their backgrounds.
“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
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 BoskerProfessor Working with Mandated Clients Show profile
Josje DikkersProfessor Organising Change in the Public Domain 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
Rob GründemannProfessor Organising Change in the Public Domain Show profile
Loes HouwelingProfessor Youth 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
Micha de WinterProfessor Youth Show profile
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: