SCOOP is a research and training centre dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. The centre connects research groups from sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, public administration, research methods, and statistics. SCOOP is a joint initiative by the University of Groningen (Strategic Theme  Sustainable Society) and Utrecht University (Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies), and also involves researchers from the VU Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radboud University Nijmegen. The 2025 Vision for Science of the Dutch Ministry of Education (2014, p. 19) praised SCOOP as an “example of cross-pollination between disciplines”.


More about the program


In addition to the academic ambitions, the program wants to realise several tangible long-term gains. In order to achieve them we created the Training Center. It is organized in two sections, each of them with  a specific target. The first one is research-oriented and it is aimed at prospective students. The second is policy-oriented and its target are practitioners.

For prospective students 

The first section of our Training Center consists in a talent selection and training program to prepare the next generation of top researchers. In the spirit of the research center, students will be trained in a transdisciplinary fashion to include elements from psychology, sociology, philosophy, and history.For more information on the teaching program, click here.

For practitioners

The second section of our Training Center makes use of the main results from the research center as a whole. The goal is to provide insights and instruments that can be used to train societal partners and stakeholders to foster a resilient society.

Upcoming conferences

Both small-scale symposia and major international scientific conferences will be organized. The small-scale symposia will be on specific topics (WP level) and take place twice a year. Both scientists and policy makers are invited. The biennial International SCOOP Conference addresses the full range of the SCOOP program, including its policy implications. In addition, also discipline-based conferences featuring aspects of the SCOOP program will be organized.

There are already three conferences scheduled:

  • Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), 10-14 July 2017, in Utrecht, where ca. 800 participants are expected from around the globe (chaired by de Moor).
  • Conference by the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR), 14-17 September, 2017, Utrecht (chaired by van Bavel).
  • Conference by the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), Utrecht, June 2018 (Wittek and Flache are members of the organizing committee).




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