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 and further afield in our network of international partner cities.

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.

Centres of Expertise

The AUAS works closely with other knowledge institutions, the business community and the government in so-called Centres of Expertise (CoE).

Our multidisciplinary approach sees us collaborate to find solutions to metropolitan and social issues. AUAS research is always linked to the education we offer at AUAS.

Within the AUAS there are seven CoEs:

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Creative Innovation
  • Economic Transformation
  • Urban Education
  • Urban Governance and Social Innovation
  • Urban Technology
  • Urban Vitality

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
(columns shows total staff and FTEs per year)

2019

2020

2021

Professors

60

39.8 60 42.1 59 43.2

Lecturer/Researchers

364

159.8 372 168.2 383 166.9
Doctoral students 99 57.1 94 51.7 82 44.9

TOTAL

523

256.7

526

262.1

524

255

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.

In 2021, we published 505 research results. A totle of 458 (91%) of these scientific and professional publications were published electronically in Pure, AUAS's research publication system. Not all of the publications in Pure are open access, due to embargo. The actual open access percentage is shown below (72%).


Dissemination of knowledge

2019

2020

2021

Academic publications

330 219

279

Professional publications 242 293 226

Total

572

584

505

Open Access percentage 407 (71%) 445 (76%) 364 (72%)

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 28 July 2022