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Mapping the landscape

Good luck. The academy is the wild wild west” – A colleague, after we told him our ambition to map the landscape of institutes, grants, organisations, and events in our field.

Where or to whom do I turn if I need technical assistance, e.g. on databases or search engines? Which grants are available, specifically for computational social or behavioral research? What is the Institute for Advanced Study, and how can they help me? 

Conducting successful research requires knowing where to turn for help and collaborations. Science doesn’t happen in silos, but builds on networks of individuals, organisations, funders, knowledge hubs and infrastructure. But as individual researchers, we do not have an overview of these networks and entities. In fact, no one has.

CSBS makes an attempt to provide such an overview (‘mapping the landscape’) for the computational social and behavioral science landscape in Amsterdam. It will not be exhaustive, especially not in these early days, and its success depends on your inputs. Please add to this page directly, or drop an email to Javier or Anna.

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CCS.Amsterdam – Computational Communication Science Amsterdam


CCS.Amsterdam is a group of computational communication scientists from the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Across various research projects, we aim at employing and developing computational methods in order to answer social scientific research questions. This includes, among other exciting topics, research into news flows, polarisation, political microtargeting, fake news and recommender design.

A core goal of our group is to disseminate knowledge among a growing community of enthusiastic computational communication scientists. To this end, we are organising regular mini-workshops, research talks and guest lectures that are attended by the core CCS.Amsterdam group, as well as interested members and students from the VU’s and UvA’s communication science departments.

    ODISSEI: Social Data Science

    Location: Rotterdam
    Funding Availability: Yes

    ODISSEI (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations) is the sustainable research infrastructure for social sciences in the Netherlands. Through ODISSEI, researchers within the social sciences have access to large-scale, longitudinal data collections that can be connected to registerdata from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in a secure environment. This virtual web enables researchers to answer new, cross-disciplinary research questions and to investigate existing questions in new ways.


    Lucas van der Meer

      NWO Idea Generator (NWA-IDG)

      Location: Europe Netherlands
      Funding Availability: Yes
      Funding: Small grant
      • For young researchers
      • High-risk small scale project with potential for high impact
      • Small grant

        BIGSSS Summer School In Computational Social Science

        Entity Category: Workshops
        Location: Europe

        The summer school will serve as a research incubator aimed at fostering the use of computational methods in the social sciences and developing a topical contribution to research about social cohesion.

          International Network for Social Network Analysis (SunBelt)

          Entity Category: Global Conferences
          Location: Other

          INSNA is the professional association for researchers interested in social network analysis. The association is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Delaware and founded by Barry Wellman in 1977.



            The SURF network provides a reliable and fast Internet connection, as well as access to all kinds of other IT services for education and research. And all this is safe and privacy proof.

              GCSCS – Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies


              The GCSCS serves as a platform connecting researchers at or affiliated with the University of Groningen working in the field of social complexity. The aim of the GCSCS is to provide high quality research and education, interacting actively with business, government and the public, and in particular to address the goal of stimulating cross-border research and education.


              Wander Jager

                CAT4SMR – Capture and Analysis Tools for Social Media Research


                CAT4SMR (Capture and Analysis Tools for Social Media Research) is a project funded by the Dutch PDI-SSH foundation that seeks to stabilize and further develop a set of existing and heavily used tools for the collection and analysis of social media data (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, 4chan). Developed within the framework of the UvA’s Digital Methods Initiative, our tools – Netvizz (currently not available), DMI-TCATYouTube Data Tools4CAT, and others – have been mainstays of the Dutch and international research landscape for years, allowing researchers to make sense of these increasingly dominant online platforms and the cultural practices they host.


                Bernhard Rieder

                  Information, Communication and the Data Society


                  This interdisciplinary research initiative looks at the way AI and algorithms affect the role, impact and regulation of information and communication in our data society.


                  Claes de Vreese
                  Natali Helberger

                    SoBE DSC – Social Behavioral Data Science Centre


                    The SoBe DSC is the social and behavioural sciences hub of the university’s central Data Science Centre. The centre includes the four domains of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam: Social Sciences, Psychology, Child Development and Education, and Communication Science. The SoBe DSC covers all activities at the intersection of (1) computer science, (2) mathematics and statistics, and (3) at least one of the substantive disciplines of the social and behavioural sciences.


                      Public Data Lab


                      The Public Data Lab is an interdisciplinary network exploring what difference the digital makes in attending to public problems.

                      They develop materials and formats for collective inquiry with and about digital datadigital methods and digital infrastructures.

                        De Waag


                        Waag operates at the intersection of science, technology and the arts, focusing on technology as an instrument of social change, guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusivity.

                          IIS – Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

                          Entity Category: UvA Institutes and Centers
                          Funding Availability: No
                          Funding: Large Grant

                          The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) is the expertise centre of the UvA in the field of interdisciplinary learning and teaching. Together with faculties or external clients, the IIS develops and implements education. You can turn to the Institute for advice about learning, teaching and the development of new educational concepts in an interdisciplinary context with the accompanying organisational professionalisation and teacher professionalisation.


                            Funding Availability: Yes
                            Funding: Short Project
                            • Projects that support their mission of ‘a strong internet for all’, application/tool focused
                            • Ongoing open call for Pioneer projects, leading to prototype, fixed grant of 10.000
                            • Potential project, to upscale a working prototype, fixed grant of 75.000

                              Freedom Lab


                              Technological innovations, geopolitical shifts and socio-cultural changes make for a fluid and complex world. Established models, theories and paradigms offer less and less guidance.

                              Rather than providing quick answers, FreedomLab offers a space for free thought where public and private decision makers can playfully navigate uncertainty through our team’s transdisciplinary research, speculative methods and imaginative future scenarios. Together, we identify and develop transformative opportunities for business and society.

                                ASCOR – The Amsterdam School of Communication Research


                                The Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) is the research institute in Communication Science at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam. It is the largest research institute of its kind in Europe and is among the largest worldwide.

                                  ACES – Amsterdam Centre for European Studies

                                  Funding Availability: Yes
                                  Funding: Large Grant

                                  The Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES), a Research Priority Area of the University of Amsterdam, aims to become a world-leading interdisciplinary centre of excellence in research, education and public debate on contemporary Europe, the European Union, and its member states.


                                  Marie Coffey
                                  Maria Kourpa

                                    Human(e) AI


                                    The Research Priority Area Human(e) AI stimulates and connects research to the legal, ethical and social consequences of AI and automated decision-making (ADM). How can we stimulate the development of AI that pays attention to cultural and socio-economic equality and fundamental civil rights?