Impact program

Impact Program

The Tilburg University Impact Program brings together researchers and stakeholders in complex societal issues in order to advance society with the help of knowledge and innovation.


The Impact Program of Tilburg University connects researchers from various fields to partners outside academia to bring society forward. In cooperation we develop new insights and solutions for the complex challenges of the 21st century.

We address questions from society itself: how to improve resilience, care and wellbeing of people and how to create value from data are topics we believe are essential. Our expertise from social, economic, legal and cultural sciences helps to advance society in the digital age.

To create more impact on both science and society in this regard, we focus on three major issues: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data. In our publication Focus on Impact we are happy to let our researchers and partners have their say. They are best suited to explain what they get out of the various partnerships and how they make an impact. We selected nine fine examples of research with impact to provide a good, varied and inspiring impression.

Within these issues we take into account the Digital Society: a major development everyone has to address in the 21st century and which the Dutch universities are addressing together. Our aim is to turn the Netherlands into a 'living lab' of human oriented digital technology. The digital society will create challenges as well as opportunities to improve the lives of individuals and society as a whole.

Empowering the Resilient Society

How to continue to safeguard, justice and humanity?

Impact - Empowering the Resilient Society
Enhancing Health and Wellbeing

How to enhance decision making with impact on health and wellbeing?

Impact - Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
Creating Value from Data

How to guarantee  reliability and responsible use of data?

impact - Creating Value from Data

Essay: Building TrusTee: The World's Most Trusted Robot

In the essay ‘Building TrusTee: The World’s Most Trusted Robot’, prof.dr. Ton Wilthagen and Program Manager Marieke Schoots argue that social sciences and humanities are indispensable for the development and construction of the most reliable and social technology and they further discuss the future-oriented research and impact agenda.

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