The Institute for Societal Resilience (ISR) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, established in 2015, is a research institute in which autonomous scientists from various social sciences work together on issues surrounding resilience. To stimulate multidisciplinary research, which is essential to develop new relevant insights, our research is organized around four themes, each led by one theme leader:
- Resilient Governance, led by Willem Trommel
- Resilience, Diversity and Inclusion, led by Halleh Ghorashi
- Resilience through Communication, Organization and Interconnectedness, led by Tilo Hartmann
- Care and Welfare in a Resilient Society, led by Marjolein Broese van Groenou
Within these themes researchers and research groups from different disciplines within the social sciences work closely together. Besides the thematically approach, our researchers work together to address overarching complex social problems that require a multidisciplinary approach, such as the refugee crisis.
The ISR connects scientific expertise to the expertise of professionals within ‘Expertise Labs’, also known as academic field labs or learning communities. Within the labs, experts exchange insights during meetings and joint research projects. This way, the societal partner-organization can directly benefit from the results of scientific research. Moreover, an expertise lab creates room to experiment and to come to a socially relevant and innovative research agenda.
The management team consist of Joris Rijbroek (director of the ISR), Steef Lowik (head of the research office) and the aforementioned theme leaders. The research activities and other initiatives of the research institute are supported, developed and coordinated by the Research Support Office of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Halleh Ghorashi, Joris Rijbroek (director), Marjolein Broese van Groenou, Tilo Hartmann, Jeannetta van Baarssen (secretary), Willem Trommel