The vice chancellor has ultimate responsibility for all research at the University of Humanistic Studies, and works closely with the member of the Board of Governors who holds the teaching portfolio. The teaching portfolio holder leads the four deputy heads of the departments concerned with teaching and research at the University of Humanistic Studies.
The Board of Governors is advised by the research consultative group, which includes deputy heads of department, project leaders, the director of the graduate school and the director of the Meanings of life & Profession practical centre.
All staff report to one of the research groups, and each research group is responsible for developing the content of one or more humanistics domains through teaching, research and valorization:
1) Humanist Counselling;
3) Critical Organization and Intervention Studies;
4) Worldviews, Research Methodology, Ethics and Practical Skills.
Alongside the primary research process in research groups and projects, the University of Humanistic Studies also has several specialized institutes whose purpose is to conduct contract research:
- Kosmopolis Institute
- J.P. van Praag Institute for Research into the History of Humanism
- Meanings of Life & Profession, the university’s practical centre and home for activities funded through contract research