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School of Social Sciences


Main organisation:Hasselt University
Lifecycle:1 Jul 2021 →  Today
Organisation profile:The faculty conducts social science research on three major fundamental changes in contemporary societies: digitalisation, diversity and democracy. These phenomena are increasingly redrawing the relationships between individuals and core institutions such as the state, the market, civil society, communities, the family as well as between individuals themselves. This gives rise to new, complex issues whose outcomes are often difficult to predict in the long term and which involve a large number of stakeholders with unequal power. These issues constitute so-called "grand challenges" for society, or challenges for which there is no simple solution. However, they simultaneously offer new opportunities to redesign society and its core institutions with a view to increasing dignity, equality, inclusion and sustainability.
Keywords:Algorithms, Data protection, Democracy, Digital platforms, Digitalisation, Diversity, Privacy, Citizen participation, Contesting Governance, Future of Work Hub, Gender and Diversity, Innovation in the public sector, Institutional reforms, Institutions for Open Societies, Migration and Societal Change, Perceptions of the public sector, User driven innovation, Value-based design
Disciplines:Policy and administration, Social change, Social psychology, Social stratification, Social theory and sociological methods, Sociology of organisations and occupations, Citizenship, immigration and political inequality, International and compartive politics, Multilevel governance, National politics, Political behaviour, Political organisations and institutions, Political theory and methodology, Public administration, Communication sciences, Information sciences, Media studies