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CBS partnership

On 19 January 2021 Karen Maex, Rector Magnificus of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and Angelique Berg, Director-General of Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and IAS Board of Trustees member, signed a Programme Agreement in the field of Complexity for Official Statistics.

Photographer: Sjoerd van der Hucht (both pictures)

With this programme agreement the two parties commit to a five-year thematic collaboration in a field of mutual interest: Complexity for Official Statistics. The programme agreement comes with a joint research agenda, focussed on three methodologies: network science, dynamic systems analyses, agent-based modelling.

Professor by special appointment

To advance knowledge development in this field and further shape the collaboration, Frank Pijpers has been appointed professor by special appointment of Complexity for Official Statistics at the Faculty of Science on behalf of CBS.

Core team

CBS and IAS have brought together a core team of researchers to drive the collaboration.

General lead Peter Sloot (UvA), Frank Pijpers (CBS, UvA)
Network science Rick Quax (UvA), Eelke Heemskerk (UvA), Edwin de Jonge (CBS)
Dynamic systems analysis Ale Jan Homburg (UvA), Frank Pijpers (CBS, UvA)
Agent-based modelling Mike Lees (UvA), Gert Buiten (CBS)

Current projects

The research agenda will be implemented through concrete research projects in various application domains. New projects can be proposed by reseachers from both organisations (not only the core team) and can have various formats, like PhD positions, joint research/publications, student internships and thesis supervision, secondment of personnel, the use of data and facilities.

Title/topic Status
Energy transition in regional industry clusters Implementation
Productivity research using agent-based modelling Implementation
Extension of the model for the distribution function of business turnover Implementation
Population-scale social network analysis (POPNET) Implementation
Social norms, socio-economic inequalities and obesity Implementation
Inequality growth Preparation
Network approach on the vulnerability of the economy Preparation
Subversive and undermining crime and behaviour Proposal