Research at HAN University of Applied Sciences is practice-based. We answer questions raised by the professional field in companies, institutions and government. Knowledge generated by our research then flows back to that professional field. This in turn contributes to the development of our region.

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Impact in the regionOur focus

In its research and education, HAN focuses on 3 key areas:

  • Smart Region
  • Sustainable Energy & Environment
  • Health

In this way we create more impact in the region and work together with partners on innovation.

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Our mission Research at HAN

At HAN, education, research and professional practice are inextricably linked. Our professors and researchers conduct practice-based research to develop knowledge with and about the professional practice. About what works and what doesn’t, and why. In this way we work together on improvement and innovation.

  • Atmosphere of trust

    Researchers at HAN have a lot of personal responsibility. They work in an atmosphere of trust, where they consult with and inspire one another. The emphasis here is on ambition and quality. In this culture of quality, we ensure that our staff can flourish.
  • Scientific criteria

    Our research meets the scientific criteria. It focuses on improving or innovating practices in the professional field and in education by developing new knowledge or insights. Or on designing or developing new methods or techniques in research. Our research can have a regional, national or international character.
  • Scientific integrity

    At HAN we conduct practice-based research in a responsible manner. There are 2 confidential counsellors available for questions and advice about scientific integrity. And there is a committee that can investigate any breaches. HAN collaborates on this point with other universities of applied sciences.
  • Inquiry stance

    All this research has a prominent position in the study programs. So students develop an inquiry stance, as they learn to work through the research cycle and apply knowledge from research in the professional practice. They learn to become self-confident and empowered. Individuals who think outside the box and are equipped to innovate the professional practice.

Research news

Center of International Business Research

Inauguration of Ronald Tuninga

What are the leading trends in the global economy and how do they impact the international business community, education and research? This question was key to Ronald Tuninga’s inaugural speech "The Future of International Business: Bridging Practice, Education, and Research".

HAN Newsroom
30 June 2021
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PhD research

Towards a colorful society with art-based communities

People with intellectual disabilities often live in social isolation. How can they participate in society with more equal footing, so they can lead a more autonomous life? “Art-based” communities have the potential to be an important step towards social justice for people with intellectual disabilities.

HAN Newsroom
21 May 2021
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Lieke Dekkers earns PhD

Measuring quality of movement

Lieke Dekkers, physical therapy lecturer and researcher in neurorehabilitation at HAN University of Applied Sciences, earned her PhD at Radboud University for her research: The art of observing the moving child.

HAN Newsroom
16 April 2020
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Universities of Applied Sciences Netherlands (UASNL) is an informal collaboration between 14 Dutch universities of applied sciences. They work together to strengthen their European research profile. From its EU office in Brussels, UASNL contributes to policy developments and builds up the European partnerships. It also shows the value of practice-based research in tackling the challenges we face in Europe. Rob Verhofstad, chair of HAN’s executive board, is chair of UASNL.