Understanding Society

As specialists in people and society, we are concerned about the world around us. We aim to use our research to contribute to a better understanding of society, on the basis of which we can seek solutions to social problems.

Tilburg Research - earlier editions

2017 - IMPACT (in Dutch)


2015 - Big data (in Dutch)


2014 - Social innovation


2013 - Duurzame zorg (in Dutch)


2011 - Zingeving in de 21e eeuw (in Dutch)


Issue 2/2010:
The self-reliant citizen
The citizen of today seems to bear more and more responsibilities: as an employee, as a patient, as a consumer, as a pension saver. How do citizens take control? Is the government’s s role shifting to that of a mere regulator? Is the pendulum not swinging back too far? This issue of Tilburg Research is all about the self-reliant citizen.

Issue 1/2010:

Making innovation work

Tilburg researchers do not invent innovative hardware technologies, but they do study them and provide social interfaces for them. Their knowledge of new organizational forms and methods can improve decision-making and implementation processes in companies and social institutions. This issue is about how we can make innovation work: how to generate and improve innovation, how to introduce and sell it and how to take account of its consequences.

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Issue 3/2009:

Countering climate change

Sustainability and economic growth can go together. That conclusion is presented by a number of Tilburg University researchers in this issue of Tilburg Research on climate change. But we'll have to create the right conditions to make it possible. Lawyers, economists, psychologists, sociologists as well as theologians are interviewed about their views on what can be done about climate change.

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Issue 2/2009:

Health care reform: caring for care

Does the introduction of market forces in the Dutch health care system have the desired effect? How effective are lifestyle interventions? How can quality of life for patients be achieved in a cost efficient health care system? What are we prepared to pay?

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Issue 1/2009:

European labour market: the current crisis and beyond

With the ageing population and the economic crisis social provisions are increasingly more difficult for the state to maintain. More flexibility of the European market combined with guaranteed employment rather than a job for life seems to be the preferred option, but how would it work?

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Issue 3/2008:

Facing up to new technologies

New technologies such as ICT, biotechnology, and nanotechnology have a huge impact on society. But regulating them is extremely complex. The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) adresses these regulatory issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Issue 2/2008:

Understanding the psychology of economic behavior

To really understand the mental processes underlying economic behaviour both psychologists and economists are needed. The Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER) is making this into an academic reality.

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Issue 1/2008:

Market governance: in search of a new balance

Innovation is desired, and should be facilitated, but it also is destructive and entails risks. The question is how to strike a balance: how to ensure that innovation is rewarded and competition is maintained. TILEC aims to address thess and other issues of market governance with academic rigor by combining and integrating law and economics.

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Issue 2006:

Victim empowerment

How many people fall victim to crime and abuse of power in our society, and when? Why do people become victims? What are their rights, what help is available to them and what is the psychological impact? Lawyers, economists and psychologists alike address these questions the INTERVICT institute.

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