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 Centres for Applied Research, which have close links to education. 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.

Research workforce
(total staff and FTEs)

2016

2017

2018

2019

Professors

47 33.4

49

35.2

59

41.8 60 39.8

Lecturer/Researchers

303 145.8

326

163.2

311

137 364 159.8
Doctoral students 87 49.6 87 49.8 78 44.8 99 57.1

TOTAL

437

228.8

461

248.2

448

223.6

523 256.7

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 2019

Professional publications

242

Academic publications 330
Total 572
Percentage Open Access 407 (71%)

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 18 August 2020