The faculty's research is housed in the Institute for Social Resilience (ISR). The faculty's research program not only focuses on the major challenges facing our society, but also on the potential answers to these challenges that can be provided by societal and public organizations.

Our researchers conduct research within the existing disciplinary research groups and four discipline-overarching themes: governance, diversity, interconnectedness and care & welfare. Besides, researchers of FSS also collaborate across disciplines and participate in interdisciplinary research projects aimed at urgent social questions that show a clear connection with the research files and expertise within the faculty.

Researchers within FSW are supported in various areas by the research support office. Specifically for PhD students, the VU-Graduate School of Social Sciences (VU-GSSS) offers support in their academic development through a variety of activities.