All work of the WRR is public and published in one of four series.

  • Reports to the government: extensive reports containing advice on government policy
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In addition to these four series, the WRR occasionally issues publications, videos and podcasts on current topics.

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Physical Safety. A matter of balancing responsibilities

In this report the WRR argues that in order to answer these questions a distinction needs to be made between incidents, damage, ...

Report | 09-10-2012 | André Knottnerus, Peter de Goede

Confidence in Citizens

Policymakers need to be more open to citizens who do something for society. Civic engagement is very important for a democracy ...

Report | 22-05-2012 | Annemarth Idenburg


The government needs a greater awareness that it is in reality an iGovernment. That realisation is important if it is to meet the ...

Report | 15-03-2011 | Corien Prins, Dennis Broeders, Henk Griffioen, Anne-Greet Keizer

Attached to the world: on the anchoring and strategy of Dutch foreign policy

The WRR calls for a rethinking of Dutch foreign policy in its report Attached to the world. On the anchoring and strategy of ...

Report | 30-11-2010

Exploring Futures for Policymaking

Exploring futures requires the acceptance of uncertainty and enthusiasm for openness. Focus is also required on ‘normative future ...

Publication | 21-09-2010

Less pretention, more ambition

Development aid should be targeted more at enhancing the development and self-reliance of countries. Policy should also be more ...

Report | 18-01-2010 | Robert Went

Doing Good or Doing Better

The objective of development cooperation should be development rather than fighting poverty. Moreover, ‘doing better’ means less ...

Investigation | 20-05-2009 | Monique Kremer, Robert Went

Uncertain safety

In view of the vulnerability of humans, society and the natural environment, a proactive approach to uncertainties is required. A ...

Report | 01-10-2008

Infrastructures. Time to invest

There are currently insufficient guarantees of investment in vital infrastructure such as dykes and electricity. A strategic ...

Report | 11-06-2008

New Perspectives on Investment in Infrastructures

In the past twenty years, a certain amount of commercialisation, liberalisation or privatisation has been introduced in all ...

Investigation | 11-06-2008