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.

Tine de Moor is Professor of Institutions for Collective Action in Historical Perspective at Utrecht University’s Department of Social and Economic History, and President of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. Her groundbreaking research on commons, cooperatives, and guilds set new standards in our understanding of the long-term dynamics and consequences of such institutions (ERC Starting grant, 2009). She received a VIDI grant (2013) to examine the provision of collective elderly care institutions in early modern Europe and their impact on life expectancy. She actively engages with current societal debates, particularly in relation to her work on the development of the European Marriage Pattern and its consequences for social and economic growth in Europe. She was elected member of the European Young Academy in 2013 and the Dutch Young Academy in 2014. 





VIDI and ERC StG, Dutch Young Academy member

In the Media

Click here for a recent overview of Dutch media featuring Tine de Moor's research.




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