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Research

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research / AISSR

The AISSR research programme focuses on the functioning of contemporary societies and their interrelationships from a historical, comparative and empirical perspective. The research programme is organized into thirteen thematically focused groups anchored in one or more of the 4 represented disciplines.

Research focus and programme groups

Broadly speaking, the AISSR research programme focuses on the functioning of contemporary societies and their interrelationships from a historical, comparative and empirical perspective. More specifically, the research programme is organized into thirteen thematically focused groups, anchored in one or more of the represented disciplines:

  • Sociology 
  • Geography planning and development studies 
  • Political science 
  • Anthropology

The 13 programme groups operate as intellectual communities of scholars, contributing complementary research perspectives to the institute as a relatively new entity. The groups cover a broad range of topics, such as health, citizenship, stratification, globalization and democratic representation, yet all through the lens of international comparison and multi-level analysis.

  • Research Priority Areas

    Also, there are five interdisciplinary centres that foster activity across programme boundaries. They are organized around Research Priority Areas (universitaire onderzoekszwaartepunten):

    • Urban Studies
    • Global Health
    • European Studies

    As well as around Research Focus Points (facultaire onderzoeksspeerpunten): 

    • Urban Studies
    • Global Health
    • European Studies 
    • Inequality

    Both the Research Priority Areas and the Research Focus Points are composed of AISSR staff from the programme groups as well as external guests.