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. Five interdisciplinary priority areas, and an additional AUAS-wide theme, bring together research capacity in fields of expertise where the AUAS has plenty to offer:

  • Amsterdam Creative Industries
  • Urban Management
  • Urban Vitality
  • Urban Technology
  • Urban Education 
  • Entrepreneurship (theme)

 

Centres for Applied Research

The research at AUAS is organised in seven Centres for Applied Research, which have close links to education. Each Centre for Applied Research has professorships, where lecturer-researchers, PhD candidates and students work together under the direction of a professor, contributing to AUAS' urban expertise priority areas. 

Development research staff
(total staff and FTEs)

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

Professors

49 34.1

47

33.4

49

35.2 59 41.8

Researchers

310 114.6

303

145.8

326

163.2 311 137
PhD students 81 44.4 87 49.6 87 49.8 78 44.8

TOTAL

441

193.1

437

228.8

461

248.2

448 223.6

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 in 2018

Trade publications

350

Academic publications 243

[Pure: reference date 13 February 2019] 

Looking to the future

In the coming years (2015-2020), the AUAS will further enhance its priority areas through the professorships of the Centres for Applied Research. It 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 doctorate degrees and by encouraging more of our existing lecturers to obtain doctorates.

Published by  Communication 10 July 2019