Research Institute of Child Development and Education

Research Priority Areas

Research Institute of Child Development and Education

Research of CDE is connected to the following interdisciplinary research priority areas of the UvA.


The Child Development and Education research programmes participate in the recently awarded research priority area 'Yield' (start date September 1st 2013, managed by the Research Institute of Child Development and Education).

Yield conducts multidisciplinary research on the bioecology of human development, from infancy to young adulthood, with perspectives from Medicine, Psychology, Pedagogics, Education, Communication, Economics, and Psychometrics. 

Brain and Cognition

Developmental Psychopathology research participates in the interdisciplinary UvA research priority area Brain and Cognition, called ‘Individual differences in the early development of inter-modal learning: interactions between cognitive, emotional, and neural mechanisms’ together with the research groups of developmental psychology and language sciences.

The goal of this research programme is to study the development of categorization learning, which suggest that infants can form conceptual representations with an all-or-none (i.e., non-incremental) learning process, in neutral and evolutionary relevant domains such as fear learning.

Institutions and Inequality

Educational Sciences and Learning and Instruction participate in the FMG research focal area Institutions and Inequality, in which inequalities in (post)industrial societies are studied in the areas of social-economic attainment, politics, and living arrangements.

Sociologists, politicologists, geographists and economists of the UvA and VU are further involved in this programme.

Affect regulation

Developmental Psychopathology and Educational Sciences participate in  the FMG research focal area Affect regulation: 'From Basic Principles to Clinical and Societal Implications', in which the role of affect regulation in developmental psychopathology is studied, as well as the role of parenting and education in child regulation of affect.

Organizational psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology are involved.

Urban Studies 

Educational sciences participates in the interdisciplinary UvA research priority area Urban Studies. This research programme focuses on the relationship between multiple diversities and the multifaceted urban environment. Social scientists, geographers and planners are involved.

Published by  RICDE

11 July 2013