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18.8 Millions for SCOOP

UG researchers from Gravitation programme
08 May 2017
Rafael Wittek
Rafael Wittek

Researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) are making an important contribution to research projects which have been awarded millions of euros in grants by the Gravitation programme. The University of Groningen is involved in four out of six projects that have been selected. Researchers from the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences are leading the SCOOP project.

SCOOP is a research and training center dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of sustainable cooperation as a key feature of resilient societies. The center connects research groups from sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, public administration, research methods, and statistics. SCOOP is a joint inititative by the University of Groningen (Strategic Theme Sustainable Society) and Utrecht University (Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies), and also involves researchers from the VU Amsterdam, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Radbout University Nijmegen.

Gravitation (Zwaartekracht - programma)

The government uses Gravitation to stimulate the research of consortia of the best researchers in the Netherlands. These researchers must perform innovative and influential research in their respective fields. The selection procedure for this government-funded programme is conducted by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

More information can be found on the NWO - website.

Russell Spears
Russell Spears

Contact information

More information on SCOOP website

Coordinating researcher
Prof. Dr. Rafael Wittek, University of Groningen, Sociology ( - profile
Core group
Prof. Dr. Naomi Ellemers, Utrecht University (
Prof. Dr. Martin van Hees, VU University Amsterdam (
Prof. Dr. Bas van Bavel, Utrecht University (
Prof. Dr. Ir. Tanja van der Lippe, Utrecht University (
Prof. Dr. Russell Spears, University of Groningen, Social psychology (

Professors Agnes Akkerman, Andreas Flache, Pauline Kleingeld, Jan-Willem Romeijn and Linda Steg also participate in SCOOP on behalf of the University of Groningen.

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