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Together with excellence in education, the EUR has, over the years, built an enviable reputation for its research output, both in the theoretical and applied fields. The University’s location in the “business heart” of the Netherlands helps in directing research towards addressing direct societal and business needs. This is done through a number of University Institutes and Research Centres such as:

  • Tinbergen Institute (TI)
  • Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
  • Netherlands Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics (TRAIL)
  • Thomas Stieltjes Institute for Mathematics (Stieltjes)
  • Dutch research school for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS)
  • Research Centre for Economic Policy (CEPR)
  • Econometrics Institute (EI)
  • Erasmus Center for Financial Research (ECFR)
  • Rotterdam Institute of Modern Asian Studies (RIMAS)
  • Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC)
  • Erasmus Centre for Economic Integration Studies (ECEIS)
  • Erasmus Centre for Optimization in Public Transport (ECOPT)
  • Institute for Sales and Account Management (ISAM)
  • Institute for Socio-Economic Research (ISEO)
  • Foundation for Economic Research on Construction Companies
  • Center for History in Management and Economics (CHIMES)
  • Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (Nihes)
  • Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG)
  • Research School Safety and Security in Society (OMV)
  • Amsterdam School for Social Research (ASSR)
  • Experimental Psychology Research School (EPOS)
  • Interfaculty expert centre

In a nation of traders such as the Netherlands, research in transport and logistics is at the very heart of the business community. At the EUR, research in maritime transport goes as far back as the days of Jan Tinbergen, with his famous work on shipbuilding cycles [1934], and his student, Tjalling Koopmans, renowned for his 1937 book on the tanker industry. In recent times, this research has focused on topics such as industry analysis, shipping cycles, shipping finance, international shipping and port policy, labour market analysis in shipping and ports, shipping alliances and port privatization. Contract research is also a substantial source of income for the university, allowing it to expand its international academic staff and involve students, as junior research assistants, in ongoing projects.

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