NIOD conducts interdisciplinary research, from a historical approach, into the effects of war and large-scale violence in the 20th and 21st century on society.

Initially, NIOD focused on research into the Second World War in the Netherlands and its overseas territories. Today, the Second World War is part of a broader range of research topics. Using its extensive expertise, NIOD has opted for a more international orientation, with a focus on Europe and Asia. It is our aim to give academia and society insight into important developments in recent history in a global context.

Long-term transitions

The next five years NIOD will specifically focus on expanding its expertise. As a research institute NIOD is positioning itself by giving the topic long-term transitions a central position. Our focus on long-term transitions underlines the fact that we are primarily interested in studying processes within society as a result of war and large-scale violence.

In order to give our new research focus shape we have developed a programme centred around Transitional Justice, which will stimulate the integration of two research areas: War Studies, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies, which were merged in 2010. This programme is an important tool to initiate collaborations with new partners in the Netherlands and abroad.

Research objectives

In addition, NIOD wants to play an important role in the further development of the e-humanities. Increasingly, researchers are handling sources of a digital origin (email correspondence, information spread via the internet) and with digitised source files. NIOD want to use the existing ‘tools’ offered by the e-humanities, and reflect on how they are used.

NIOD will also take advantage of the developments in the e-humanities to embark on new routes, together with external partners, with regard to the opening up and use of digital and digitised sources. In this regard, the international research programme EHRI is an important project.

But NIOD has set its research ambitions broader. NIOD researchers study the recent past, but their research is not exclusively oriented towards the humanities. NIOD research fields are interdisciplinary. Therefore, questions and methods from the cultural sciences, social sciences, behavioural sciences, economic sciences and law are also addressed, in addition to historical sciences, which are already quite pluralist in themselves. For each programme or project our researchers select the most suitable methodological approaches and criteria to contribute to the renewal of the research field in question.

Through this research programme NIOD aspires to set the standard in the Netherlands and internationally for research into the effects of wars and genocides, including Holocaust, on people and society.

Research Plan 2012-2016

If you want to know more about NIOD’s research programme download the Research plan 2012-2016.