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PhD research facilities

Research labs

The IMR provides unique research facilities, allowing its researchers to investigate decision-making while using a number of software packages, such as Geographical Information Systems, modelling software, and Electronic Meeting Systems. PhD candidates can conduct experiments on decision-making in the IMR Labs. In addition, the labs can be used to study or facilitate group-based problem structuring, systematic agenda setting, or exchanges of arguments among experts.

IMR databases

IMR researchers also actively participate in the construction of specialised data sets. Most notable example is the Global Data Lab which measures and analyses the progress of societies worldwide. Moreover, an IMR research group on Contagious Conflict, together with the Dutch trade union CNV, has constructed a data set related to mobilisation and populism. Researchers have also constructed data sets in cooperation with the Cranfield Network on International Human Resource Management (Cranet) and other parties. Another group has completed a national database on the characteristics of and investments in Dutch industrial estates.

The University Library

The Radboud University Library (in Dutch, Universiteitsbibliotheek Nijmegen, UBN) has a large collection of academic books and journals covering all subject areas within the university. To help researchers access the collection, the library provides a range of catalogues and search engines, as well as online journals (full text), books, databases and electronic encyclopaedias. PhD candidates can get a good overview of the library resources that are relevant for their research area by visiting the Library’s Study portals – specialized pages with resources dedicated specifically to Business and Economics, Geographical, Planning and Environment, or Political Science and Public Administration.

The library website, in Dutch and English, provides a portal to the Digital Library. Access to the library environment is automatic on campus, and can be gained outside the campus by logging in with a u-number and password (check out this how-to guide for more information).

Library staff members can also help researchers perform complex literature and database searches, and offer support with systematic reviews or data management. For a full overview of the support that can be offered by the university library, please visit the Services Catalogue.

Web of Science

Web of Science is a leading research search engine and platform, allowing researchers easy access to citation databases. The Social Sciences Citation Index holds data from 3,000 social sciences journals across 50 disciplines. Searches are available from any location, but downloading sources is possible either on campus or by being logged into the university library environment using a u-number and password.

Google Scholar, ResearchGate, or ResearcherID profiles

These are a number of websites where PhD candidates can register as researchers, thus providing a solution to possible ambiguity problems within the research community. Each member is assigned a unique research identity (identifier). The websites allow users to create a profile and post lists of publications online, using Web of Knowledge services. All researchers should register in ResearcherID and create a personal page on Google Scholar. Via ResearchGate they can also engage with the academic community, by posing and answering questions and following discussion threads on a number of research topics that they can subscribe to.