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Societal Impact


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

Conflict Resolution and Governance

Public Mediation Programme

The Public Mediation Programme (PMP) is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam under the ‘wings’ of Alexander Rinnooy Kan, University Professor. Together with David Laws and Martien Kuitenbrouwer, he took up the idea for a dedicated programme on public mediation, where research and practice are intertwined.

PMP seeks to develop the practice and profession of public mediation in the Netherlands by:

  • deepening the understanding of public disputes
  • providing training to public officials and practitioners
  • giving practical support

PMP has a small and dedicated staff, and cooperates with a large and diverse network of practitioners, researchers and policymakers from all over the world.

Go to the website


Dementia Story Repository

Anne-Mei The, professor of long term care and Dementia at the University of Amsterdam, launched the Dementia Story Repository (Dementie Verhalenbank) in cooperation with Hogeschool Windesheim and the care organisation Kwadrantgroep Friesland. This respository is the result of years of etnographic research on daily life with dementia. The repository places the experience of patients and their loved-ones central, in a world where care systems seem to focus on procedures and finances. Stories are collected of people with dementia and the people that surround them to gain better insight in their lives and needs, but also to support everyone that has to deal with this illness. 

Next to the repository the cooperation between the University and the care organisation Kwadrant also led to the development of a new care method Social Approach Dementia (Sociale Benadering Dementie). This method is characterised by the focus on and investment in psychological and social support.The method is being researched in a pilot project (proeftuin) and should lead to a complete support package for people with dementia and the ones who take care of them.

Go to the repository and Pilot Project

Merrimack College


Sociologist Bowen Paulle is principal investigator of a five-year, mixed method evaluation project funded by a Rotterdam based philanthropic foundation (Stichting De Verre Bergen). Initiated and largely managed at the grassroots level by a voluntary organization (Vitaal Pendrecht), the primary aim of this effort is to achieve measurable increases in the cognitive and socio-emotional development of roughly 1000 students attending four different primacy school students in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Rotterdam. A secondary aim is to facilitate social cohesion and collective efficacy among residents living in, and organizations operating in, this challenged neighborhood. Paulle is also researching the inner workings, effects, and applicability (in the Netherlands) of two potentially scalable interventions meant to dramatically improve the educational and life outcomes of deeply disadvantaged students and (incarcerated) adults – Match-style tutoring and the Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP) program. 

APRILab component


The University of Amsterdam leads this large international research project on the contemporary dilemmas in developments at the urban fringe (Action oriented planning, regulation and investment dilemmas for innovative urban development in living lab experiences). Together with Aalborg University (Denmark), Yildiz Technical University (Turkey), and Aalto University (Finland), and the municipality of Amsterdam, a range of urban development projects are researched in five different cities. Central in this research are the way planning dilemmas are manifested and dealt with in the projects. Research is conducted in actual urban developments in four different cities. Methods of action-based research are applied in addition to more traditional qualitative research methods. Different perspectives from a range of stakeholders are included in the research to give a deeper understanding about the trade-offs and their emergent effects in the projects.

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Urban Cycling Institute

Cycling is a simple means that connects to a wide range of very complex problems and challenges of contemporary cities. It is intertwined with many aspects of urban life in all its richness and complexity. Academic attention for this has been very limited. The Urban Cycling Institute, initiated by Dr. Marco te Brömmelstroet, offers a more structured approach that is needed to map these complex relations, understand best practices and foster reciprocal learning between research and practice. The institute takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the intricate web of causes and effects of urban cycling. It balances a critical academic stance with a pragmatic practice-oriented approach of developing and disseminating knowledge. UCI faculty are available as speakers for events where Dutch cycling knowledge is required. 

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Small stories, large issues

Stories teach us about life. Stories teach us about others and ourselves. Some stories become popular, others are never told. Who are those people whose stories remain hidden? What worlds can we discover if we dive deeper into the hidden parts of the cities we inhabit? What can everyday tales tell us about larger social issues? Urban geographer Nanke Verloo attempts to share the stories that she encountered in life, travel, and research. The stories are useful for academic purposes, but also for professionals who seek inspiration for consulted research and training. In her research she followed policy practitioners, police officers, welfare workers, neighbours, and politicians in their daily routines. Based on these engagements she developed a variety of trainings that help governments, public organizations, and other institutions to build capacity for governance.

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Hot politics lab

Hot Politics Lab

The Hot Politics Lab is an interdisciplinary research group combining experiments, physiological measurement and automated text analysis to analyze the role of emotions, personality and language in politics. The group analyses topics such as populism, persuasion and party strategies. The Hot Politics Lab spend 3 days at Lowlands - a music festival - to perform an experiment with physiological measurement. Politicians communicate their policy positions, but also stories about their personal lives and their perspective on the world. In doing so, what they will say and how they will say it? How much emotion will they put in their words? How complicated will they make their sentences? The Hot Politics Lab analyses these questions, and aims to develop a model that predicts what politicians will say (topic, position) and how they will say this. 

Go to the website

Psychology: Development and Health - exercise

Sarphati Amsterdam

Sarphati Amsterdam, research for healthy living is a unique research institute in Amsterdam that focuses on studying life style related diseases like overweight, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The aim is to promote healthy life styles, optimal living conditions and the prevention of overweight and obesitas amongst Amsterdam youth. Sarphati Amsterdam works together with the municipality of Amsterdam (GGD) and the Amsterdam knowledge centres (UvA/AISSR, AMC, VU, VUMC, HvA). Together they work in multidisciplinary teams on solutions in the fields of prevention and care, combining practice, research and policy making. 

Go to the website (in Dutch)