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.

Mark Bovens is a professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University, and a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) in The Hague. He was co-founder and research director (1999-2013) of the Utrecht University School of Governance, which is one of Europe’s leading centers for Public Administration. From 2006-2012, he was an honorary Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at the ANU in Canberra. He is currently a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and president of the KNAW Social Science Council. Bovens’ main research interests are the success and failure of governance, public accountability, democratic institutions, and political resilience. He has published 10 monographs and 11 edited volumes with top academic publishers (amongst others, Oxford UP, Cambridge UP, Edward Elgar, and Amsterdam UP), as well as over a hundred articles and book chapters.



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WRR member, KNAW member




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