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Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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b.abraham rug.nl
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On 1 April 2016, Otto Adang became Professor by Special Appointment of Security and Collective Behaviour at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. Adang has held the chair in Public Order Management at the Police Academy of the Netherlands since 2004. The University chair is being funded by the Police Academy for a period of at least five years. Public security is an ongoing concern for governments, police and many other organizations. Over the past few years, Europe has seen an upsurge in serious riots and civil disorder. The Netherlands is also at risk of large-scale disturbances to public order, which could seriously disrupt society and compromise public security. Knowledge is vital to ensure that we can prevent, or when necessary respond to, this kind of collective behaviour. The aim of the special chair is to contribute to new theories, research, teaching and valorization of knowledge about the mechanisms that play a role in collective behaviour, and which enhance or detract from the security of situations during interaction between government and citizens, whereby theory and practice are closely intertwined. In the past few years, Adang has built up a body of unique knowledge on collective behaviour in relation to security. The Police Academy, which is keen to expand this knowledge and link it to academic information, sees this special chair as a golden opportunity. Dr Otto M.J. Adang (1956) is a behavioural scientist. He has held a chair in Public Order Management at the Police Academy of the Netherlands since 2004. Adang is interested in aggression, reconciliation and collective behaviour in relation to public order enforcement. Since 1998, he has also headed a research programme he set up himself entitled Managing Dangerous Conflict Situations, which focuses on the interaction between police and citizens. Adang was a member of the Project X Haren committee.
prof. dr. O.M.J. (Otto) Adang
Contact
o.m.j.adang rug.nl
+31 50 36 36426
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Professor by special appointment Security and Collective Behaviour
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motivational psychology, goal failure, pro-social behavior, anti-social behavior, compensatory behavior, psychological needs, intergroup behavior
M. (Maximilian) Agostini, MSc
Contact
m.agostini rug.nl
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PhD Candidate
I am a social and applied psychologist interested in social identity, intergroup relations, acculturation, diversity, stigmatized groups, and gender inequality. Currently, I am working on masculinities, inequality and trust, and identification by using qualitative and experimental methods.
A. (Ayca) Aksu, MSc
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a.aksu rug.nl
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Field / Discipline
Political Psychology
F.A. (Flavio) de Azevedo Neto, MSc
Contact
flavio.azevedo rug.nl
+31 50 –36 3677 6
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Assistant Professor
Sociale Psychologie, Organisatie psychologie, Stress/Welzijn, Intergroeps relaties, Socialisatieproces
H.J. (Hedwig) Boer, MSc
Contact
h.j.boer rug.nl
+31 50 361 6645
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Teacher
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l.t.a.bonofacia rug.nl
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PhD student
Field / Discipline
dr. E.M.C. (Esther) Bouma
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e.m.c.bouma rug.nl
+31 50 36 36434
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Institutional researcher
Environmental psychology, group processes, human values, social identity. 

Teaching:
Coordinator Economic and Consumer Psychology (Bachelor, year 3), supervisor Bachelor's and Master's theses. 

Research interests: I am interested in personal and group factors that drive individuals’ responses to global crises, in particular climate change. One research line I am currently working on focuses on personal and (perceived) group values. What values do individuals strongly endorse, what values do individuals perceive others to endorse, and how do such values influence individuals’ attitudes and behaviours?

Another line of research focuses on the interaction between individuals and technology, particularly within the energy domain. How can we better understand and consider the preferences and motivations of people within energy systems, how can we adjust technological innovations to user preferences and motivations, and can we give people a more active role within energy systems and the decision making about energy systems? 

In my work, I collaborate with various partners in the field, such as municipalities (e.g., Groningen, Wageningen), national governments (e.g., Ministry of Economic and Climate Affairs), energy companies (Enexis, Alliander), nature organizations (e.g., WWF, Alliance for Nature, Groninger Landschap, Dutch Association of Zoos) and schools.

Supervisor of the following postdoctoral researchers:
Elliot Sharpe (NWO & ERA-Net funded, TOP-UP project)
Lisa Novoradovskaya (NWO funded, TeSoPs project)

Supervisor of the following PhD students:
Carla Zhou (CSC Scholarship),
Fernanda Reintgen Kamphuis (ReMa fund),
Charlie Walker Clarke (NWO funded, FlexECs project),
Catho Vermeulen (joint program with University of Ghent; VLAIO/Blauwe Cluster funded, Blue Balance Project),
Marylise Schmid (joint program with University of Ghent; VLAIO/Blauwe Cluster funded, Blue Balance Project),
Steph Johnson Zawadzki (NWO funded, ERSAS project),
Nieke Lemmen (NWO funded, MERGE project),
Wang Xiao (ongoing, joint program with Fudan University)

Former PhD students:
Lu Liu (graduated 2022; CSC Scholarship)
Mark Verschoor

T. (Thijs) Bouman, PhD
Contact
t.bouman rug.nl
+31 50 36 36473
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Assistant Professor (University Lecturer and Researcher)
Biobank / Biobanking, Big Data, Social Psychology, Ethics, Innovative Technology
R. (Reinder) Broekstra
Contact
r.broekstra umcg.nl
+31 6 5469 7054
Function
Postdoc
Broadly speaking, my research focuses on what drives members of advantaged groups to behave anti-socially and pro-socially towards disadvantaged groups, using quantitative methods. In that vein, I am currently researching the motivational and emotional rudiments of 'solidarity-based collective action' as part of my PhD project. My other research interests are collective violence, group-based norms and dissent, which I attempt to implement into political issues.

I conduct my PhD studies under the supervision of Prof Dr Ernestine H. Gordijn, Prof Dr Katherine E. Stroebe & Dr Yasin Koç.
H. (Hakan) Çakmak, MSc
Contact
h.cakmak rug.nl
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PhD student
Adrien analyses the interest in and feasibility of citizen participation in energy governance. He is focusing on public participation in the context of the energy transition, examining the prospects for energy community development in the European context, as well as any other bottom-up initiative that advances the energy transition while evaluating the potential improvement of local democratic procedures and people's wellbeing.
Adrien's area of expertise is in the crossroads of Environmental psychology and energy law, attempting to address challenges by mobilising multiple fields of knowledge.
A.B.M. (Adrien) Chanteloup, MSc
Contact
a.b.m.chanteloup rug.nl
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PhD Candidate in Environmental Psychology
Social-cognitive factors of behaviour change; Public health promotions; Acceptability of innovations; Social dilemma and cooperation
N. (Nadja) Contzen, PhD
Contact
n.contzen rug.nl
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Postdoctoral researcher
Field / Discipline
Political polarization, value conflict, morality, attitude moralization, political discourse, social change, quantitative methods and statistics
C. (Chantal) D'Amore, MSc
Contact
c.damore rug.nl
+31 50 36 36863
Function
PhD student
Health Psychology, Psychosocial determinants of health and health-related behaviours
Z. (Zuzana) Dankulincová, PhD
Contact
z.dankulincova-veselska umcg.nl
+42 155 2343 392
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Senior researcher of Youth and Health Graduate School KISH research program
A.A. (Ashay ) Deshpande, MSc
Contact
a.a.deshpande rug.nl
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Field / Discipline
Health Psychology; Behavior change and modification; Lifestyle; Addiction; Lifestyle coaching; Psychology of Covid-19; Science and Methodology
prof. dr. A. (Arie) Dijkstra
Contact
arie.dijkstra rug.nl
+31 50 36 38729
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Full professor
Disasters; Crisis Management; Vulnerability Analysis; Public Safety; Public Health
prof. dr. M.L.A. (Michel) Dückers
Contact
m.l.a.duckers rug.nl
+31 6 1066 1321
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Professor by special appointment 'Crises, Safety and Health'
prof. B.G. (Basil) Englis, PhD
Contact
b.g.englis rug.nl
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Counterfactual thoughts; regret; nostalgia; counterfacual emotions; social judgment
K. (Kai) Epstude, Dr
Contact
k.epstude rug.nl
+31 50 36 37632
Function
Associate professor
Field / Discipline
Consumer psychology, persuasion, unconscious influence, consumer self-regulation, nudging and heuristics, consumer health and well-being, food-related decision making.

I am deeply fascinated by what you could label "Hidden Persuasion": how subtle (and not so subtle) marketing cues influence consumers in their emotions, thoughts and behavior, frequently without them being aware of this influence. The results of this research can aid in empowering consumers and foster health and wellbeing. Please see the research page for an overview of published work in these areas
prof. dr. B.M. (Bob) Fennis
Contact
b.m.fennis rug.nl
+31 50 36 39365
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Full Professor in Consumer Behavior
Values and Moral Convictions, Moralization, Intergroup Relations, and Social Change
A.L. (Ana) Figueiredo Leal, MSc
Contact
a.l.leal rug.nl
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Lecturer/researcher
Field / Discipline
Negotiation, Conflict Management, Leadership, Power, Group identity, Justice and Punishment, Organizational conspiracy beliefs
K. (Kyriaki) Fousiani, PhD
Contact
k.fousiani rug.nl
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Assistant Professor
dr. J.L. (Josefine) Geiger, MSc
Contact
j.l.geiger rug.nl
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Lecturer
Field / Discipline
My research is centrally concerned with how social environments (ranging from cultural resources and discourses to everyday social interactions) influence individual development. For example, my PhD research project focuses on how sexual identity construction is influenced by conversation partners, who mediate the influence of cultural conceptions on sexual identity development in the context of everyday interactions. I am also interested in developing methods and theoretical frameworks for understanding how discursive processes can account for the emergence of psychological properties that are commonly understood as latent traits. I have a specific expertise in: dynamic systems theory, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, time series analysis, discourse and conversation analysis, identity construction, queer theory, LGBTQ* psychology, and identity development.
My expertise lies in the field of psychosocial intervention research that improve health in broad sense. Healthy aging not only involves prevention and curing diseases. People aging successfully are individuals who have the ability to adapt and self manage in the face of social, physical, and emotional challenges. The  Self-Management of Well-being interventions have demonstrated to be effective, and I’m currently working on projects to make this intervention more widely available and suitable for a larger group of older individuals. I have a background in social and health psychology and received my PhD in 2011 in the field of cognitive behavioral interventions for cancer-related fatigue. As a postdoc I broadened my expertise to fatigue in other illnesses, such as type 1 diabetes mellitus, kidney transplant recipients and chronic fatigue syndrome. More recently, I'm focusing on the possibility of e-health psychosocial interventions for cancer patients.
dr. ing. M.M. (Martine) Goedendorp
Contact
m.m.goedendorp rug.nl
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Assistant Professor (RUG) & Post-doc (UMCG)
Environmental psychology: public acceptability of energy system elements and environmental policies
R. (Robert) Goersch, MSc
Contact
r.goersch rug.nl
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Ph.D student
Field / Discipline
My expertise and interest are LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic and questioning) children and youth in the child protection system (CPS). I am currently working on the Audre project which focuses on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth from their own perspective and also from their carers and professionals` perspective. 

More specifically, my research focuses on the resilience, personal and community-based, of LGBTQIA+ youth in the CPS.

Other topics: Child and family welfare; inequalities in child protection;  family foster care; residential child and youth care; LGBTQIA+ youth in care; participation of children and families in the child protection system. 
V.R. (Rodrigo) Gonzalez Alvarez, Dr
Contact
v.r.gonzalez.alvarez rug.nl
+31 6 2839 5180
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PhD candidate
F.C. (Frank) Gootjes, MSc
Contact
f.c.gootjes rug.nl
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PhD student
stereotyping, prejudice, emotions, intergroup conflict
prof. dr. E.H. (Ernestine) Gordijn
Contact
e.h.gordijn rug.nl
+31 50 36 36395
Function
Full professor
Field / Discipline
Social psychology, Online (group) behaviour, Collective action, Humour, Quantitave and qualitative research.
dr. H.J.E. (Hedy) Greijdanus
Contact
h.j.e.greijdanus rug.nl
+31 6 3198 4870
Function
Assistant professor
Researcher in the area of sustainable behaviour change and consumer behaviour.
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j.i.m.de.groot rug.nl
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Emotion regulation, negative feedback
F.U. (Felix) Grundmann
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f.u.grundmann rug.nl
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PhD student
My main research interests include the psychological foundations of gender relations and inequality. I approach these topics with a combination of ideas from social, cultural, and evolutionary psychology, using quantitative and qualitative research methods (e.g. lab experiments, vignette studies, surveys, observations, interviews).

My research is directed to finding new ways of increasing gender equality and women's empowerment by offering researchers and the general public a more nuanced understanding of why sexism, gender-based violence, and other (both explicit and implicit) discriminatory gender beliefs persist.

I enjoy collaborating on research that brings evolutionary psychology perspectives to existing research questions in social psychology around gender relations and sexism.

BA/MA students interested in conducting research on these topics, and those seeking international research experience are welcome to contact me.
P. (Pelin) Gül, Dr
Contact
p.gul rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Social and cultural change driven by modernization in the Global South, women's empowerment, migration and integration of refugees, microfinance services, social impact evaluations
N. (Nina) Hansen, Prof Dr
Contact
n.hansen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36229
Function
Professor (adjunct)
Field / Discipline
Integration of migrant newcomers (in the Netherlands), intergroup contact.
E.M. (Eline) Heikamp, MSc
Contact
e.m.heikamp rug.nl
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PhD student
Field / Discipline
L.M. (Lena) Hölzle, MSc
Contact
l.m.holzle rug.nl
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PhD Candidate in Environmental Psychology
Effective study techniques, Time-management, Academic writing skills
drs. I.E. (Maple) Hupkens
Contact
maple.hupkens rug.nl
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Trainer / psychologist
Field / Discipline
social psychology, intergroup contact
M. (Maria) Ioannou, Dr PhD
Contact
m.ioannou rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
- Law and Psychology
- Advertising and Food Law
- Behavioural Finance
- Protecting consumers by means of information
mr. dr. C.E. (Carien) de Jager
Contact
c.e.de.jager rug.nl
+31 6 2136 6836
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Social complexity, agent based simulation, innovation diffusion, opinion dynamics
dr. W. (Wander) Jager
Contact
w.jager rug.nl
+31 6 3618 4622
Function
Associate Professor, Managing director of Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies (GCSCS)
Group processes, Social identity, Bottom-up initiatives, Sustainability transitions, Diversity, Interdisciplinarity


dr. L. (Lise) Jans
Contact
l.jans rug.nl
+31 50 36 36567
Function
Associate Professor Social-Environmental Psychology
Field / Discipline
M. (Marlon) de Jong, Dr
Contact
marlon.de.jong rug.nl
Function
Onderzoeker
I work as an organizational psychologist, researcher, coach and trainer. I am interested in topics around creativity, flow, core qualities and coaching. The overarching theme in my work is creating an optimal fit between the individual’s qualities and needs and the work context, to optimize work performance and enjoyment.  

For creativity and brainstorming, I'm interested in the way in which people come to optimal creativite performance, which differs per person. For example, whereas novel and flexible ideas will be beneficial for some, others' creativity and productivity will benefit more from everyday and structured ideas. 

For flow, I'm interested in how flow experiences and working from your core qualities helps to reach your full potential, and how such an experience adds to your (creative) performance. 

Next to my work as an assistant professor, I work as a coach and trainer via my company Groeiflow, further bridging theory and practice. Here, I help people to experience more flow and creativity and in their personal and professional development.

See also: www.kikidejonge.nl and www.groeiflow.nl
K.M.M. (Kiki) de Jonge, Dr
Contact
k.m.m.de.jonge rug.nl
+31 50 36 37305
Function
Assistant Professor
My research interests focus on the psychology of social change and societal transitions. In particular, I am interested in investigating the role of morally-motivated deviance in changing social norms, lay beliefs about human-nature and human-artifact relations, the consequences of collective future thinking, and how misperceptions can act as a barrier to climate change mitigation.
M.A.T. (Maddie) Judge, PhD
Contact
m.a.t.judge rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Babet Kanis is o.l.v. Katherine Stroebe en Tom Postmes werkzaam binnen het project Gronings Perspectief (www.groningsperspectief.nl), een onderzoek naar de sociaal-psychologische gevolgen van aardbevingen op de Groninger.
dr. H.B. (Babet) Kanis, PhD
Contact
b.kanis rug.nl
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PhD Candidate
Field / Discipline
dr. K.E. (Kees) Keizer
Contact
k.e.keizer rug.nl
+31 50 36 36461
Function
Assistant professor
Field / Discipline
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e.f.klaasen rug.nl
Function
I am a social psychologist interested in investigating  how disadvantaged groups navigate their identities through privileged systems. How do they deal with their lower status? How does society perceive them? When do advantaged groups support their action to improve their status? To seek answers for these questions, I use diverse methods often combining correlatinal exploratory studies with follow-up experiments as well as qualitative research to develop an indepth understanding of the psychological phenomenon. I have 4 main lines of research:

1. Multiple Conflicting Identities: We all have multiple social identities, but what happens when some of them are  in conflict with each other ? By drawing parallels between bicultural identity integration framework and social identity theory, we examine the nature of identity conflict and ways to increase integration between multiple conflicting identities. 

2. Experiences of Disadvantaged Groups:  What happens to disadvantaged group members when they are discriminated? Do they stick with their group? Do they try to improve their status by leaving their group? How are they affected by societal issues? Focusing on  social change and well-being outcomes , we investigate these questions.

3. Majority's Perceptions of Disadvantaged Groups: Intergroup conflict is prevelant in our lives. The society always seems divived and polarised. How does the majority perceive the minoritized groups? What motivates discrimination? How can we improve intergroup relations? We investigate these questions from the perspective of the majority, yet with an emphasis on improving the status of the disadvanted groups.

4. Responding to Privilege: When people belong to advantaged groups, they struggle to acknowledge their privilege that comes with their group belonging. People, therefore, have different ways to react to their own privilege: Deny, Distance, Dismantle or 3-D was conceptualised by Knowles and colleagues, and recently Defend was added to this conceptualisation by Shuman et al. We investigate when people use which strategy, and how privilege acknowledgement can relate to allyship.

5. New Masculinities: There is a higher recognition that masculinity is not singular, but there are multiple constructions of masculinities. More and more men create and endorse progressive masculinities against traditional perspectives. But what happens next? Do new masculinities threaten manhood? How does society perceive the new progressive men? Can traditional and new masculinities co-exist? Using mixed methods research, we explore these questions.
Y. (Yasin) Koc, Dr
Contact
y.koc rug.nl
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Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Environmental psychology, sustainable consumer behaviour, food waste, meat consumption, social influence, cognitive dissonance
C.A. (Alynda) Kok, MSc
Contact
c.a.kok rug.nl
Function
Lecturer-researcher
Field / Discipline
Group processes and communication. Polarisation, social change, micro-dynamics of conversation
dr. N. (Namkje) Koudenburg
Contact
n.koudenburg rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor of Psychology
Field / Discipline
When and how do people initiate and plan collective action (e.g., social protest) through group-based interaction over time?

While the roles of motivational factors that incite collective action have been assessed, no collective action research thus far combines all the ingredients necessary for protests to emergence into one research design. Between 2022 and 2026, I will develop and use a new paradigm, the Groningen Simulated Society Paradigm (GSSP), to answer novel research questions. By combining social interactional and longitudinal elements to this group-based experiment, I will analyse how social interactions about various forms of injustice (e.g. structural, situational, (ir)relevant to identity and morality) lead to the initiation and planning of collective action behaviour.
B.M. (Bart) Kranenborg, MSc
Contact
b.m.kranenborg rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
psychological needs, intergroup relations, cultural adaptation, motivation
J. (Jannis) Kreienkamp, MSc
Contact
j.kreienkamp rug.nl
Function
PhD Researcher
A. (Anne) Kuschel, MSc
Contact
a.kuschel rug.nl
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PhD Student
Field / Discipline
Madeline's research focuses on women's empowerment and nutritional security in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.
M.G. (Madeline) Langley
Contact
m.g.langley rug.nl
Function
PhD candidate
Motivation and goal pursuit; implicit social cognition; social contagion; aggression
dr. N.P. (N. Pontus) Leander, MA
Contact
n.p.leander rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Environmental Psychology: public perception, acceptability of energy policy and technology, distributive fairness, environmental justice.
C.Y. (Chieh-Yu) Lee, MSc
Contact
c.y.lee rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate in Environmental Psychology
Field / Discipline
Consumer ethics | Decision-making | Cause-Related Marketing | Charities | Fundraising | Corporate Responsibility | Sustainable Society | Consumer behavior | Sustainable packaging | Justice and Fairness | Negotiation and bargaining  
dr. M.C. (Marijke) Leliveld
Contact
m.c.leliveld rug.nl
+31 50 36 33226
Function
Associate Professor (with ius promovendi)
N.H. (Nieke) Lemmen, MSc
Contact
n.h.lemmen rug.nl
+31 50 36 35942
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Environmental Psychology
Traffic Psychology
M. (Michelle) Lohmeyer, MSc
Contact
m.lohmeyer rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Child and family welfare;  decision-making; inequalities in  child protection family foster care; residential child and youth care; transition to adulthood from public care; LGBTQIA+ youth in care; participation of children and families in the child protection system
M. (Mónica) Lopez Lopez, Dr
Contact
m.lopez.lopez rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor, Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Environmental Psychology, Climate change adaptation, Positive Adaptation, Psychological resilience
V. Lozano Nasi, MA MSc
Contact
v.lozano.nasi rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate in Environmental Psychology
Field / Discipline
Marketing, consumer behavior, social psychology, social influence, communication, experimental research
J.R. (Jocelyne) Ludoph, MSc
Contact
j.r.ludoph rug.nl
Function
PhD Candidate
Health Psychology, Social determinants of health
prof. A. (Andrea) Madarasová Gecková, PhD
Contact
a.geckova umcg.nl
+42 0552 3433 95
Function
Supervisor of PhD study
Valentin Mang is a PhD candidate at the Department of Marketing and the Department Social Psychology. His current research focusses on misinformation in consumer contexts. Besides that, his research and teaching interests include attitudes, persuasion, and other topics in social and consumer psychology.
V. (Valentin) Mang, MSc
Contact
v.mang rug.nl
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Field / Discipline
Z. (┼Żan) Mlakar, MSc
Contact
z.mlakar rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher, Environmental Psychology
Environmnetal and social psychology
Environmnetal beliefs, frugality, climate change adaptation, teaching innovation.
G. (Gabriel) Muiños Trujillo, Dr
Contact
g.muinos rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor
morality, (un)ethical behavior, sanctions, rules and norms
dr. L.B. (Laetitia ) Mulder
Contact
l.b.mulder rug.nl
+31 50 36 37234
Function
Associate Professor
T.S. (Tasja) Müller, MSc
Contact
t.s.muller rug.nl
Function
PhD student
H.H. (How Hwee) Ong, Dr
Contact
h.h.ong rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher
diversity, intergroup relations, social integration, social identity
S. (Sabine) Otten, Prof Dr
Contact
s.otten rug.nl
+31 50 36 37903
Function
Professor of Intergroup Relations and Social Integration
Field / Discipline
My key research interests lie in public evaluations and acceptability of energy sources, systems and policies, and which factors influence these evaluations and acceptability judgements. I focus on theory development and applying theory in addressing acute environmental and energy problems.
G. (Goda) Perlaviciute, Prof Dr
Contact
g.perlaviciute rug.nl
+31 6 3198 4836
Function
Associate professor Public acceptability of sustainable transitions
Field / Discipline
C.N. (Catia) Pinto Teixeira, PhD
Contact
c.n.teixeira rug.nl
Function
Post-doctoral researcher
Environmental psychology
Traffic psychology
J.M.M. (Jorick) Post, MSc
Contact
j.m.m.post rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Tom Postmes (PhD, 1997, University of Amsterdam) studies human behavior in virtual groups and communities, in crowds and also in organizations and "normal" teams. A major theme in his work how individual actions, thoughts and social interactions become co-ordinated, in such a way that people act and think as a team, a group, an organization or as a society. In chaotic, unusual or unexpected situations (a demonstration, a disaster but also online) a process of self-organisation takes place. We can learn a lot from this and it raises questions about group dynamics in “normal” groups and everyday life. Central to a lot of his work is the influence of personal and social identity: the relation of the individual to the group.

Tom became a professor of Social Psychology at the University of Exeter in 2004. Since returning to The Netherlands in 2007, he is the chair of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen. He received various awards from august institutions such as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and National Science Foundation (USA). In recent years, he has collaborated with various ministries on research projects concerned with societal discontent and social unrest in The Netherlands. He also studies the societal impact of induced earthquakes in Groningen, and is Scientific Director of the knowledge platform (Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen, in Dutch) that seeks to integrate knowledge about this and promote its application. 
prof. dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes
Contact
t.postmes rug.nl
+31 6 3198 5063
Function
Full Professor, Social Psychology
Field / Discipline
Workplace inclusion, disclosure, and identity management of employees with a concealable stigmatized minority identity, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, and bisexual people
J.M. (Julian) Rengers, MSc
Contact
j.m.rengers rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
My (Phd) research focusses on social relations (e.g. social capital, group identity) and how they influence health and wellbeing. I study these proceses in the context of a larger (applied) project "Gronings Perpectief", in which we study the social impact of the earthquakes in Groningen.
J.E.F. (Justin) Richardson, MSc
Contact
j.e.f.richardson rug.nl
+31 50 36 36299
Function
PHD Researcher
Field / Discipline
Environmental psychology, economic psychology, consumer marketing, sustainable behaviour

My research interests are in economic and environmental psychology, and social marketing. My main focus is on understanding how lay beliefs shape social change. Of particular interest is how people's understanding of economic phenomena, including public policy communication, affects social sentiments, movements, and decision-making. For example, how do government health interventions affect the spread of conspiracy theories or the uptake of vaccines? How do beliefs about the economy shape attitudes towards sustainability and sustainable consumption?
S.M. (Stephanie) Rizio
Contact
s.m.rizio rug.nl
Function
Social (& clinical) psychology, education in academic skills and pedagogical sciences, internship supervision, coordination of education and projects, academic advice BSS
drs. M. (Marlies) Roijakkers
Contact
m.roijakkers rug.nl
+31 50 36 34176
Function
Academic advisor Pedagogical and Educational Sciences
Field / Discipline
G.D.G.L. (Galaxy) Rokadji, MSc
Contact
galy.rokadji rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
How pro-environmental actions relate to each other (especially: do people who behave pro-environmentally also support sustainable policies?) The role of intrinsic pro-environmental motivation (acting without external rewards or sanctions but because it is meaningful) on engagement in pro-environmental action.
E.J. (Elliot) Sharpe, Dr
Contact
e.j.sharpe rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
I. (Ivana) Skoumalová
Contact
i.skoumalova umcg.nl
Function
R. (Russell) Spears, Prof Dr
Contact
r.spears rug.nl
+31 50 36 39355
Function
Full Professor
Field / Discipline
Contact me --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Environmental psychology; understanding environmental behaviour including energy use and car use; acceptability and effectiveness of environmental policy; sustainable energy transition; cllimate change; values; intrinsic motivation
prof. dr. E.M. (Linda) Steg
Contact
e.m.steg rug.nl
+31 6 3198 4822
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
Claire is PhD student with a keen interest in bringing research findings into practice and making positive social impact. Claire has a background in development economics with a research master from Paris-Dauphine. Before starting her PhD, she worked in development and humanitarian settings in implementation research. She has wide experience working for  South-East Asian countries (Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam) and has worked with a various range of stakeholders at the leardership level with Governments, donors, research institutions, and at working levels with Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, and UN entities.
C.L. (Claire) Stein, MSc
Contact
c.l.stein rug.nl
Function
Katherine’s research focuses on the social psychology of justice. She is specifically interested in the behavioral and psychological outcomes of individual and collective justice violations. These outcomes include collective behaviour, health, well-being and the overall process of resilience (of which behavioral, health and wellbeing responses can be indicators). Since 2016, she has been working on a large-scale research project looking into the impact of man-made earthquakes due to gas extraction on health, wellbeing and (collective) actions (see www.groningsperspectief.nl).
K.E. (Katherine) Stroebe, Prof Dr
Contact
k.e.stroebe rug.nl
+31 50 36 36509
Function
Professor of "The Social Psychology of Justice and Resilience"
Field / Discipline
"Ambivalence" in Societal Debates
G.M. (Gonneke) Ton
Contact
g.m.ton rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
D.M. (Daniela) Torres Alatorre, MSc
Contact
d.m.torres.alatorre rug.nl
Function
Project Assistant at SCOOP
Field / Discipline
I'm a social psychologist, specialized in psycho-oncology and health psychology. I work at the department of Health Psychology, in the lab of Prof. Mariët Hagedoorn, 'Intimate relationships in the face of illness'.My research is focused on differences in adaptation to cancer or other health challenges between single and partnered patients. I'm interested in whether single survivors differ from those with a partner with respect to  the support they receive, distress level, sexuality, self-esteem and body image. I also focus on whether a partner can be involved to help with a more healthy lifestyle (e.g. quitting smoking) and better quality of life.
dr. M.A. (Marrit) Tuinman
Contact
m.a.tuinman umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6658
Function
Post-doc
Field / Discipline
Environmental psychology, traffic psychology, social psychology, consumer psychology.
Behaviour change, designing interventions, acceptability of innovations, emission-free mobility, recycling and waste separation
A.B. (Berfu) Ünal, Dr
Contact
a.b.unal rug.nl
+31 58 205 5000
Function
Associate Professor Social and Environmental Psychology
Field / Discipline
Climate change adaptation by individuals and households.
dr. A.M. (Anne) van Valkengoed
Contact
a.m.van.valkengoed rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Field / Discipline
Effective team functioning, team composition, diversity, team membership changes, collaboration within and between teams, performance management.
prof. dr. G.S. (Gerben) van der Vegt
Contact
g.s.van.der.vegt rug.nl
+31 50 36 34288
Function
Professor
Study advisor: I'm the study advisor for students of the master programmes of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences (MMIT & CPE and related tracks)

Education
: In addition, I'm working for SCOPE; the center of expertise of personal development, in the UMCG. We develop and provide education related to student's personal and professional development. Topics addressed are, amongst others, socialisation, professional identity development, values, core qualities and keeping a healthy balance in life. Our education is experiental-oriented, aiming to reach another way of learning by using interactive and creative teaching methods. From a mere cognitive focus back to experiencing, gaining insights about yourself and your social context, and being inspired.

Research: I have finished my PhD thesis in the domain of educational and organizational change. I am fascinated with change in organisations; how people respond, the dynamics that occur, and the complexities of organizing change for those in charge, the change leaders. My PhD thesis particularly focuses on the complexities of organizing change in medical schools' undergraduate curricula.

Topics PhD thesis: undergraduate curriculum change, medical education, complexity, challenges and strategies of change leaders, situational awareness, governance, the role of local institutional contexts in international curriculum development projects.
dr. F. (Floor) Velthuis, MSc
Contact
f.velthuis umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6768
Function
Study advisor GSMS master programmes, teacher/trainer personal development of students and PhD's.
V.I. (Vera) Weissenbacher, MSc
Contact
v.i.weissenbacher rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
Environmental behaviour; behavioural change; environmental self-identity; interventions

I am interested in factors influencing consistent pro-environmental behaviour and strategies to change environmental actions. My main research interests are environmental self-identity and incentives to promote behavioural change. I enjoy collaborating with researchers from other disciplines and applying my research to real life problems.
dr. E. (Ellen) van der Werff, PhD
Contact
ellen.van.der.werff rug.nl
Function
Associate professor environmental psychology
Field / Discipline
I am interested in relationships around entrepreneurs, be they personal relationships that provide the enterpreneur with support, or startups' relationships with stakeholders, and how these make it possible for small businesses to thrive. Because these relationships are key in shaping the ecosystem, I am interested in both the social mechanisms that make it possible for individuals to thrive, as well as mechanisms that shape the interpersonal makeup of a particular ecosystem's structure.  
S.R. (Sean) White, PhD
Contact
s.r.white rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
I am interested in whether organizational gender diversity interventions are effective for different ethnic and racial groups of women. In line with this, I investigate how gender diversity interventions can be designed with intersectional considerations to improve individual and organizational outcomes across different intersections of gender and race.


diversity management, intersectionality, gender diversity interventions, women of color
C.Y.E. (Edwina) Wong, BSc
Contact
c.y.e.wong rug.nl
Function
Health Psychology
Y. (Yingqiu) Wu, MSc
Contact
yingqiu.wu rug.nl
+31 50 36 37211
Function
Field / Discipline
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Contact
sylvia.xu rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Organizational Behavior: Objectification; Leadership; Paradox; Gig Work; Creativity; Work Motivation.
Social Psychology: Social Perception; Interpersonal Interaction.
J. (Terrence) Zhang, MSc
Contact
terrence.zhang rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Cross-Cultural Depression Prevention
Self-criticism vs. Self-compassion
Culture: Collectivism vs. Individualism, Independence vs. Interdependece
Z. (Zixiang or Lexi) Zheng
Contact
z.zheng rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Political and Cultural Psychology of Social Relationships
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Contact
m.van.zomeren rug.nl
+31 50 36 36511
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
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