Program for Broad Prosperity
Our society is faced with significant societal issues. How do we ensure that we work in a social and smart way towards a society that is inclusive and sustainable for generations to come? How do we ensure that more people can work in the right place? How do we ensure the broad prosperity of the inhabitants without crossing the boundaries of our planet? Through academic collaborative centers, Tilburg University utilizes its expertise to contribute, in co-creation with societal partners, to the preservation and enhancement of broad prosperity. This applies not only to the present in the Netherlands but also extends to individuals beyond its borders and future generations.
Interdisciplinary research themes
The interdisciplinary research themes on which the university will focus in the coming years are the climate and energy transition, the labor market, health and wellbeing, and inequality. Broad prosperity serves as a thematic guideline. Besides economic prosperity, it is about other aspects that people value now and in the future, such as the quality of nature and the environment, the state of education, the labor market, public health, poverty, and security. In short, it encompasses prosperity in a broad sense. It is important not only to consider the quality of life in the present but also the extent to which it may affect future generations or individuals elsewhere in the world.
The position paper 'Working on broad prosperity. Together toward a future-proof world' describes the urgency and ambitions of Tilburg University's Program for Broad Prosperity, its relationship to Tilburg history and the eight interdisciplinary initiatives - mostly academic collaborative centers - that make up the program.
Academic collaborative centers
Within the university, in collaboration with external partners, academic collaborative centers were established to develop knowledge that contributes to solutions for the above-mentioned societal themes. These academic collaborative centers are characterized by multi-year, interdisciplinary collaboration in co-creation with businesses, governments, and other knowledge institutions, driven by a shared ambition.
The Academic Collaborative Centers for Broad Prosperity build on the Impact Program that ran from 2018-2021 and aimed to further shape the impact thinking and doing at Tilburg University. Read more about the Impact Program.
Academic Collaborative Centers
Academic Collaborative Center Governance and Management for Broad Prosperity
Science and practice are joining forces: an Academic Collaborative Center ' Governance and Management for Broad Prosperity' to more explicitly and structurally connect science and practice at the regional level for a number of important social tasks. People, Planet and Profit!
Academic Collaborative Center Climate and Energy
Within Tilburg University, various disciplines collaborate on energy and climate research. The researchers do this together with the government and civil society organizations.
Academic Collaborative Center Inclusive Labor Market
One of the structural problems that the corona crisis has magnified is insecurity in the labor market. We need to change course so that everyone experiences security of work and income again. This requires greater agility of individuals and organizations so they can develop sustainable careers.
Academic Collaborative Center Digital Health & Mental Wellbeing
We aim to make the usage of digital tools and interventions for mental wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle accessible for everyone by 2030. But how can these tools and interventions support us? How do we know that they will actually work? How do we make sure they work for everyone, and what is needed for them to become a part of our daily life?
Other initiatives Program for Broad Prosperity
In addition to the academic collaborative centers, other initiatives contribute significantly to Tilburg University's Program for Broad Prosperity.
The Government Committee on Demographic Developments makes working visits with academic collaborative centers
Academic Collaborative Center for Climate & Energy Tilburg University: ‘This raises questions that we might not otherwise have asked’
Endowed Professor of Broad Prosperity Kim Putters: ‘Do we choose a ‘fighting economy’ or a consultation economy?’
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