Research projects

POLDER projects mobilise the knowledge and expertise needed to explore new avenues of intervention together with direct stakeholders (co-creation). Through POLDER, policymakers from all administrative levels can get access to a wide variety of researchers. Below are some examples of our applied research projects.

School choice dynamics and segregation

This research collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, the Dutch Inspectorate of Education, and the City of Amsterdam aims to unravel the dynamics of school choice and resulting patterns of segregation and inequality in primary schools by assuming a multi-dimensional approach to segregation.

Modelling electric vehicle charging behaviour 

Together with the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences study the behaviour of electric vehicle charging in order to determine the best rollout strategy for public charging infrastructure.

Tackling criminal networks 

The Dutch police and an interdisciplinary research team of the University of Amsterdam found a more effective way to destabilise cannabis networks: removing specialised players rather than the most high-profile and seemingly influential criminals.

Resilience of industry clusters

An interdisciplinary research consortium was formed to analyse the complexity and resilience of regional industry clusters in the context of climate policy. Partners in this project are the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), and Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Behavioural contact networks

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam work together with companies in Smart Distance Lab (financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) to test and analyse which interventions are most effective to improve social distancing. The final aim is to develop methodology that helps to monitor and improve the safety of locations and public events.