How we work
In close consultation with the academic community, the IAS identifies research areas where interdisciplinary collaboration is likely to create new knowledge, building on the disciplinary strengths of the university.
Research themes are typically chosen to spark and explore new areas of research, to foster strategic external partnerships, and to prepare interdisciplinary research proposals to be submitted for funding in the Netherlands, Europe and elsewhere.
Complex scientific and societal challenges
At the IAS researchers work collaboratively with complex systems methodology as their common language. Foundational phenomena of complex adaptive systems are found in most of today's most pressing challenges. Using theory and tools from complexity science, the IAS addresses questions that lead to a better understanding of:
- Laws, processes and mechanisms underpinning complex scientific and societal questions. Some examples: Tipping Points, Emergence, Intractability, Resilience, Self-organisation etc.;
- Complex challenges in science and society that require interdisciplinary research collaboration. Some examples: Health Systems, Climate Change, Crime and Terrorism, etc.
The development of the work programme is a creative process. The content, maturity level and expected output are leading when determining what kind of action is needed for each research question. The IAS has several instruments to shape and implement its work programme: