About our research
At the Open Universiteit research takes place within research programmes. In these programmes the university focuses on specific topics of the Dutch National Scientific Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nationss.

One multidisciplinary programme with three research lines

In a multidisciplinary programme different disciplines collaborate in doing research into current societal challenges. The Open Universiteit has defined one multidisciplinary programme: Innovating for resilience. The Executive Board of the university has made available a dedicated research fund for this programme. 

The programme Innovating for resilience consists of three research lines:

Disciplinary research

The six faculties define their research goals in disciplinary research programmes for each department. These are five year programmes. You can download the programmes below.

The research pages of the departments describe projects, teams, publications and other news.

National Scientific Agenda
Within the Dutch National Scientific Agenda the Open Universiteit focuses on three themes:

Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015 the United Nations defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The Open Universiteit wants to contribute to these goals through her research efforts. The VSNU (the Association of Dutch Universities) makes these efforts visible in monthly online magazines.

Collaboration with UNESCO has led to threeUNESCO Chairs at the Open Universiteit:
UNESCO chair Technology-enhanced Learning for Sustainable Development
UNESCO chair Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Development Supported by ICTs (2009-2014; 2014-2023)
UNESCO chair Open Educatio (2017-2020)