Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Research

Higher education is inseparable from applied research and professional practice. Applied research is a means by which the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), as a knowledge institution, directly contributes to innovations in the professional field and solutions for pressing urban issues in the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

Furthermore, students develop a critical and questioning outlook by conducting applied research. It serves as an important tool for developing students into qualified, evidence-based professionals ready to take on challenges in their fields of expertise.

Urban expertise

At the AUAS, the city is our classroom. Our applied research is therefore focused on real issues and challenges in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. Six interdisciplinary Centres of Expertise, and an additional AUAS-wide theme, bring together research capacity in fields of expertise where the AUAS has plenty to offer:

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Amsterdam Creative Industries
  • Urban Governance and Social Innovation
  • Urban Vitality
  • Urban Technology
  • Urban Education
  • Entrepreneurship (theme)

Collaborative research: diverse and international

Within our diverse research groups, lecturer-researchers, PhD candidates and students work together under the direction of a professor, contributing to AUAS' urban expertise priority areas. We have plenty of international research projects and are a founding member of the European network of higher education institutions, U!REKA.

Research workforce
(total staff and FTEs)

2018

2019

2020

Professors

59

41.8 60 39.8 60 42.1

Lecturer/Researchers

311

137 364 159.8 372 168.2
Doctoral students 78 44.8 99 57.1 94 51.7

TOTAL

448

223.6

523

256.7

526

262.1

Publications

The AUAS considers it important that the results of research are freely accessible. We disseminate knowledge through academic and trade publications as well as to a wider audience through meetings, lectures, instructional material, media, databases and designs.


Dissemination of knowledge

2018

2019

2020

Academic publications

350 330

219

Professional publications 243 242 293

Total

593

572

584

Percentage Open Access 348 (59%) 407 (71%) 445 (76%)

Looking to the future

In the coming years the AUAS will further enhance its urban expertise through the professorships and will also focus on more sustainable collaboration with the professional field. Furthermore, the AUAS would like to expand its research capacity. Rather than appointing more professors, we plan to achieve this by increasing the time spent on research by lecturer-researchers. This will be possible by hiring more lecturers with doctoral degrees and by encouraging more of our current lecturers to obtain doctorates.

Published by  Communication 23 July 2021