Research into societal themes

At Radboud University, our research covers a wide variety of themes and topics. Combining various scientific disciplines allows us to delve into multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Our research is focused on the complex issues of today and tomorrow.

Research in the news

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    ChatGPT and other AI chatbots

    Artificial intelligence chatbots such as ChatGPT and Google Bard use large language models to generate quick, accessible answers to a variety of questions. It presents opportunities, but also risks. At Radboud University, research on this form of AI...

Artificial Intelligence

Discover our research on the human side of artificial intelligence. From chatbots and robots that provide support in education and health, to algorithms for various complex issues.

Brain and behaviour

We are all human, but we all behave differently. Why is that? On research into what moves people and how our behavior emerges from our brain: from the level of molecules to human relationships.


How do we ensure an inclusive society where everyone can be themselves and still have equal opportunities? We research diversity in the broadest sense of the word.


We all want the best education, but how do we actually get there? To help students get ahead in the future, our researchers are working on innovations in education right now. Discover our community of research into better learning.


Discover expertise in ancient history and archaeology, historical demography and World War II, as well as the history of sports, women, slavery, disasters and famines.


Technological innovations that make an impact can change our lives. Discover groundbreaking, unique and striking research from Radboud University that affects us, now or in the future.


Practicing good law is about more than just legal knowledge. Law scholars at Radboud University work together with legal practitioners, and have one foot in society.


Our researchers work on the big questions of linguistics: from language technology to genetics, from brain research to sign language, and from rhetoric and influence to language acquisition and psycholinguistics.

Molecules and Materials

From molecules to atoms to nanoparticles. How does this tiny world operate? Using the strongest magnets, the most precise infrared lasers, microscopes and other techniques, the fundamental properties of materials are investigated.


How is a country or region governed? How do politicians campaign? Our political research spans from topical current-day issues to major global themes that have impacted the world for decades.


Large companies, governments and other organizations collect large amounts of personal data from all of us. What are the risks and consequences and what can we do about it?

Slavery Memorial Year

How does the slavery past affect the present? Radboud University conducts research into the slavery past and its impact on our culture and institutions.

Sustainability in research

Products, technology and human actions impact the natural world. Research into these effects and how we should adapt is essential in sustaining a habitable planet.


Research about everything that goes on outside our planet Earth. From lunar missions to black holes, within our galaxy and far beyond.