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Societal Impact

Societal impact of research

AISSR research themes are highly pertinent to rapidly changing societies. Our mission is to contribute to public debates on key issues, to interventions that address pressing social problems and to engage with relevant stakeholders, like government agencies, NGOs and the private sector, at local, national and global levels. We are active on the following levels to share our knowledge with society and to contribute to societal innovation.

Dissemination of results

We share core research findings with broader audiences of stakeholders, beyond our academic peers. We spread the message our scholarly research harbours via press releases, interviews with the press, research videos, twitter, blogs or blog networks and leveraging of other social media.
A selected overview of our dissemination activities

Education and training

AISSR research staff teaches in research-intensive Master and Research Master programmes. Research groups also offer educational seminars, lectures, roundtables, media appearances and other events in which our staff train and engage broader audiences in our work and expertise.
A selected overview of our educational programme

Collaboration in research

Through public-science alliances and private-science alliances and partnerships we cooperate in research with non-academic partners.
Find an example overview of such non-academic partners in research.

Advising and connecting

Through formal and informal networks we share advice on pressing social issues with policy makers at various levels. When planning our research agendas and programmes we connect to the agenda's of scientific agencies like the European Commission and The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and to the National Science Agenda (Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda).


Part of our research enterprise and intellectual property is used to start up new activities or organizations that target non-academic audiences.
See some examples

Impact stories

We have selected research projects to explain how social science research can lead to societal impact. 
Read the stories

Social media

We are active on Twitter (@UvA_AISRR) and Facebook. Follow us to stay up to date! 


We make short videos of our researchers presenting their latest research results
Go to our list of research videos social sciences


To make complex issues easier to understand we make short animations. 
Go to our animations

News media

Our researchers often appear in Dutch and international news media. We circulate them in our newsletter. Interested? Feel free to sign up:

Public events

We are active on platforms where we can meet our non-academic target groups, for example at the academic cultural centre SPUI25, the cultural organisation Pakhuis De Zwijger and in the bookstore of Athenaeum Booksellers on the Roeterseiland.