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Governance for Society

How can we contribute to the resilience of democratic governance in organisations and societies? In the profile theme Governance for Society, VU students and academics examine the organisational structures and governance of organisations and societies.

Our society is on the move. Protests, the internet and social media, large-scale migration—citizens are organising their own associations and are no longer simply submitting to the authority of governments. Society is becoming more outspoken and dynamic. This poses major challenges for governments. The question is how we can use these dynamics to strengthen society and at the same time prevent the loudest, most powerful voices from drowning out the others?

Mission of profile theme Governance for Society
We want to contribute to the resilience of democratic governance. Especially now, in times of major complex challenges—such as internationalisation, the impact of information technologies and the emergence of new inequalities—resilient governance is of paramount importance. Education and research within the Governance for Society theme focuses on administrative and political processes, both top-down and bottom-up. We look at the conditions under which these processes and regulations contribute to an effective approach to taking on social challenges.

Governance for Society contributes to SDGs
This profile theme contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): quality education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reducing inequality (SDG 10), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), peace, justice and strong public institutions (SDG 16), and partnership to achieve goals (SDG 17).