Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

Research profile

Quality, innovation, making connections, internationalization, and effectiveness drive our research and teaching. The basis is a high-quality research in the fields of:

  • Economics and management
  • Law
  • Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Theology

This research meets international quality standards.

Societal impact

We focus on social issues from various disciplines: the complexity of subjects like pensions and the aging population, security, sustainability, the labor market, and care requires an integral approach.

Our Impact Program connects Tilburg University researchers with other knowledge institutions, authorities, citizens, and the business community to cooperate on three important themes: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data.

To ensure that the results of our research are broadly available to society at large, Tilburg University has opted for Open Access publication wherever possible.

We also invest in our PhD students who, as the new generation of researchers, are of vital importance to the knowledge-based economy. We offer PhD programs for our own and for external PhD students and are partner in various international joint PhD programs.