Societal recognition


As social scientists, we have a social responsibility. We are not only interested in how society works and why society changes. We are also concerned with the influence of changes on human behaviour and society and how our knowledge can contribute to our common well-being.

Societal recognition

A number of ESSB sociologists and public administrators occupy an important position in society. Below is a selection of the social nominations of ESSB members.

Research Institutes

Two research institutes are connected to Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.


    DRIFT is a leading research institute in transitions towards sustainability. The organisation combines cutting edge research at the intersection of theory and practice with high-level advisory and training programmes for governmental institutions, businesses and intermediary organisations.

  • Risbo is an independent research institute, working in the field of learning and coexistence. The institute is connected to Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The institute focuses on three core themes: Big Cities, Public Administration and Education. Research, training and consultancy are the instruments that are applied to find answers to various questions and gain insights on often complex issues.

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