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Impact Research

Within our Impact Research programme we offer researchers of the Amsterdam Law School support in identifying and generating societal impact.

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How we support researchers

We are not legal academics, but experts in the field of design thinking and innovative research dissemination. As entrepreneurs, we are able to identify the connection between innovative legal research and its application in society. This, combined with our knowledge of the legal sector and legal processes, makes the Impact Research programme the perfect way to build a bridge between the legal academic world and society. We support researchers through the following activities.


Every quarter, we offer a new workshop for researchers of the Amsterdam Law School in the field of knowledge utilisation or research dissemination. Our workshops help researchers to pitch their research, translate it for the layman, summarise it succinctly, describe it catchily or even convert it into a tool, product or news publication – through blogs, social media, videos or podcasts. These workshops teach invaluable skills which support researchers in pitching for grants, working with journalists or media and in developing societal impact.

Read more about our latest workshops, Communicating your thesis to the layman and Pitch Perfect.


For specific research or research institutes at the Amsterdam Law School, we are happy to help develop a communication strategy, to answer questions like: how do you expand your communication strategy to reach the broadest audience for your research? How do you keep citizens, NGOs, governments or journalists informed of important implications of your research on society? 

Throughout the dissemination process we act not only as advisors, but we also help with the implementation of a product or strategy. Together with our team we can support you in creating a video, blog, podcast or visual design of your research. We can also connect you with professionals in our network to further your reach.

Recently we collaborated with a number of our researchers to produce 3 minute research pitch videos. Learn more about the work of Malouke Kuiper and the relationship between behaviour and law, below.

Societal Impact

Knowledge utilisation is a fixed component of every NWO grant application nowadays. In fact, most research grant applications have a greater chance of success if they can clearly demonstrate the concrete impact they will have on society. But how do you go about drafting such an application? And what possibilities are there, besides workshops or conferences, to create value for society? We are happy to help you answer these questions!

We are experts in developing a “Theory of Change” and in brainstorming for new (technological) tools, websites, databases or products which can improve the legal sector through research at the Amsterdam Law School. In addition, we offer start-up grants for researchers who want to put their ideas into practice immediately.

Networking and Partnerships

As the Amsterdam Law Hub, we have one foot in society and one in the faculty. Our newsletter is read by more than 300 external legal partners who are specifically interested in the research being carried out at the Amsterdam Law School. Through our (networking) events, cooperation programmes with Gemeente Amsterdam, the Zuidas and the Ministry of Justice, we connect researchers with relevant partners. In addition, we facilitate events and workshops according to the design-thinking methodology.

Looking for a location for your own research workshop or lecture with the help of an innovative moderator or facilitator? Are you an external party, interested in the research happening at the Amsterdam Law School? Or do you need support in redesigning your research for potentially interested, external parties? Please do not hesitate to contact us.