My research focuses on how marginalized people challenge the status quo and engage into social change by applying experimental research designs and methods in the lab as well in the field. Within this domain I follow three main lines of research in a systematic way: (1) social and cultural change in developing countries, (2) intergroup relations, and (3) responses to social discrimination.
My main interest at this point centers on the theme of the social psychology of cultural development. My research interest has been on the study of social changes that are caused by development aid in developing countries. In this context, my research focuses on the (often unintended) consequences of aid projects that introduce ‘modern’ innovations in developing countries such as ICTs, microfinance, novel education initiatives, and energy access. I am currently working on projects in Ethiopia, Argentina, China, India, Rwanda, Mexico, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.
Hansen, N., Koudenburg, N., Hiersemann, R., Tellegen, P., Kocsev, M., & Postmes, T. (2012). Laptop usage affects abstract reasoning of children in the developing world. Computers & Education, 59, 989–1000. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2012.04.013
Hansen, N., Postmes, T., Tovote, K. A., & Bos, A. (2014). How modernization instigates social change laptop usage as a driver of cultural value change and gender equality in a developing country. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0022022114537554
Hansen, N., & Postmes, T. (2013). Broadening the scope of societal change research: Psychological and political impacts of development aid. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1(1), 273–292. doi:10.5964/jspp.v1i1.15
Hansen, N., Postmes, T., van der Vinne, N., & van Thiel, W. (2012). Information and communication technology and cultural change. How ICT usage changes self-construal and values. Social Psychology, 43, 222–231. doi: 10.1027/1864-9335/a00012
Hansen, N., & Sassenberg, K. (2011). Exploring the self-directed anger of the stigmatized. The interplay between legitimacy and social identification. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 14, 807-818.
Hansen, N. & Sassenberg, K. (2006). Does social identification buffer or harm? The impact of social identification on anger after social discrimination. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 983-996.
Mendoza-Denton, R., & Hansen, N. (2008). Networks of meaning: intergroup relations, cultural worldviews, and knowledge activation principles. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1, 68-83.
Sassenberg, K. & Hansen, N. (2007). The impact of regulatory focus on affective responses to social discrimination. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37, 421-444.
Kocsev, M., Hansen, N., Hollow, D., & Pischetola, M. (2009). Innovative learning in Ethiopia. Joint working paper. Engineering Capacity Building Program. Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. ISBN: 978-90-367-5612-9.
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