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.

Jan Luiten van Zanden is Faculty Professor of Global Economic History at Utrecht University, Honorary Angus Maddison Professor at the University of Groningen, and Honorary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In 2011 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) awarded him the Academy Professor prize, and in 2003, he received the Spinoza Award, the highest academic distinction in the Netherlands. He has published on the development of cooperation in organizations (such as Royal Dutch Shell and RABO bank). He is an expert on the history of social inequality and the long-run roots of economic development. His work increasingly stresses the micro-foundations of development, particularly found in the forms of cooperation within families. He is one of the founders of CLARIAH, which connects and provides access to structured datasets containing socio-economic and demographic data. His international colleagues elected him as honorary president of the International Economic History Association, which he led for several years. 





Spinoza award, KNAW member




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