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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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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
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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
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PhD student
D.A. (Tyas) Ayuningtyas
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PhD student
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Societal discontent; communication of uncertainty around facts, numbers, and science
dr. A.M. (Anne Marthe) van der Bles
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Postdoctoral Researcher
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T. (Thijs) Bouman, PhD
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Postdoctoral researcher
Development, implementation and evaluation of automatic knowledge systems, social comparison (sensitivity), tailoring, psychosocial oncology, quality of life, subjective health.
dr. T.M. (Thecla) Brakel
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Researcher/Teacher
A.H. (Anne) Buitenhuis
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PhD student
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Social-cognitive factors of behaviour change; Public health promotions; Acceptability of innovations; Social dilemma and cooperation
N. (Nadja) Contzen, PhD
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Postdoctoral researcher
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Psychology of Religion; Social and Environmental Psychology; Spiritual Care; Adult Attachment Theory; Practical Theology
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PhD student
My research focuses on the social psychological nature of male and female body dissatisfaction, as well as how such dissatisfaction can evoke unhealthy dieting and exercise behaviours.
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docent
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Health Psychology; Addictions; Behavior change and modification
prof. dr. A. (Arie) Dijkstra
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Full professor
Health, socioeconomic status (SES), socioeconomic inequalities, persuasion, behavior change, health communication, voice characteristics, tailoring, mode of communication, message framing
dr. S.P. (Sarah) Elbert
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postdoctoral researcher / teacher
Counterfactual thoughts; emotions; social judgment
dr. K. (Kai) Epstude
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Associate professor
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Power, Leadership, (Un)ethical Behavior
Consumer psychology, persuasion, unconscious influence, consumer self-regulation, nudging and heuristics, consumer health and well-being, food-related decision making.

My main research interest is what you could label "Hidden Persuasion" and focuses on 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
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Full Professor in Consumer Behavior
A.L. (Ana) Figueiredo Leal
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PhD Student
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Health Psychology, Social determinants of health
dr. A. (Andrea) Geckova
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Vice-director of Graduate School Kosice Institute for Society and Health, Youth and Health research programme
J.L. (Josefine) Geiger, MSc
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PhD Student
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dynamic systems theory, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, time series analysis, fractal analysis, identity construction, queer theory, LGBTQ* psychology, identity development
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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.
M.M. (Martine) Goedendorp
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Post-doc
stereotyping, prejudice, emotions, intergroup conflict
prof. dr. E.H. (Ernestine) Gordijn
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Full professor
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Social psychology, social media, social cognition, group processes, intergroup conflict, communication, shared reality, multilevel, quantitave and qualitative research.
dr. H.J.E. (Hedy) Greijdanus
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Researcher in the area of sustainable behaviour change and consumer behaviour.
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Social and cultural change in developing nations, intergroup relations, responses to social discrimination
dr. N. (Nina) Hansen
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associate professor
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L.C. (Luzia) Heu, MSc
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Junior researcher on the labour market  integration of first generation migrants. A social impact analysis of HR practices and a cultural-sensitivity training for employers. 

PhD on women’s  empowerment in the context of microfinance services. Focus on the impact of training and social contexts.

Field research experience Ethiopia,  Vietnam, and Sri Lanka (social  impact evaluation; mixed methods).
dr. M.A. (Marloes) Huis
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Researcher Social Psychology
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social psychology, intergroup contact
dr. M. (Maria) Ioannou, PhD
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- Law and Psychology
- European Economic and Private Law
- Behavioural Finance
- Decision Making
- Financial Literacy
mr. dr. C.E. (Carien) de Jager
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Assistant Professor
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Social complexity, agent based simulation, innovation diffusion, opinion dynamics
dr. W. (Wander) Jager
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Associate Professor, Managing director of Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies (GCSCS)
Group processes, Social identity, Diversity, Bottom-up initiative, Sustainability
dr. L. (Lise) Jans
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Assistant Professor
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As a psychologist and researcher, I am interested in topics around creativity, flow and coaching. The overarching theme in my work is creating an optimal fit between the individual’s needs and the work context, to optimize work outcomes.  

For creativity and brainstorming, I'm interested in the way in which sharing ideas helps or harms people's creativity, which will likely differ per person. 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 help to reach your full potential, and how such an experience adds to your (creative) performance. 

See also: www.kikidejonge.nl
K.M.M. (Kiki) de Jonge, MSc
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Assistant Professor
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.
H.B. (Babet) Kanis, MSc
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PhD Candidate
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dr. K.E. (Kees) Keizer
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Assistant professor
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dr. Y. (Yasin) Koc
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Assistant Professor
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psychological needs, intergroup contact, acculturation, 
J. (Jannis) Kreienkamp
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PhD student
ing. H.M. (Herman) Kuis
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Research engineer in Biomedical product development
Social class, group-based emotions, intergroup processes
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Assistant professor
A. (Anne) Kuschel
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PhD Student
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Sustainable Society | Decision-making | Ethics and morality | Cause-Related Marketing | Charities | Fundraising | Corporate Responsibility | Consumer behavior | Sustainable packaging | Justice and Fairness | Negotiation and bargaining
dr. M.C. (Marijke) Leliveld
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Assistant Professor
N.H. (Nieke) Lemmen, MSc
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PhD student
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Child welfare; decision-making 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
dr. M. (Mónica) Lopez Lopez
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Associate Professor, Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Climate change adaptation 
Psychological resilience 
V. Lozano Nasi, MA
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Environmental Psychology,
Public evaluation of natural gas, biogas and hydrogen,
Autarky in energy production,
Designing behavioural change programs,
Health Psychology
I. (Irene) Maltagliati, MSc
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PhD Candidate
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Environmental Psychology, Philosophy of Science, Ethics
R.A. (Ruben) Mul
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Teacher
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morality, (un)ethical behavior, sanctions, rules and norms
dr. L.B. (Laetitia) Mulder
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Associate Professor
dr. J.A. (Bram) Neuijen
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Program Manager EMFC; teacher GEM
Human Resources
organisational change, development and formal reorganisation/restructuring
drs. J.R. (Rob) Noorda
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Manager HR Experts
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diversity, intergroup relations, social integration, social identity
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Professor of Intergroup Relations and Social Integration
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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.
dr. G. (Goda) Perlaviciute
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Assistant professor Environmental psychology
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C.N. (Catia) Pinto Teixeira, PhD
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Post-doctoral researcher
Tom Postmes studies human behavior in in virtual groups and communities, in crowds and also in organizations and "normal" teams. Central to a lot of his work is the influence of personal and social identity: the relation of the individual to the group. Together with his colleagues, Tom Postmes seeks to understand how social social interaction fosters the emergence and change of group norms, personal identity and social identity.  He received various  research awards for his work from 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) .
prof. dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes
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Full Professor, Social Psychology
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Diversity, multiculturalism and migration. Multi, Inter and transdisciplinarity in theory and research methods.
G. (Geetha) Reddy, PhD
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Assistant Professor
Workplace inclusion of employees with a concealable stigmatized minority identity
J.M. (Julian) Rengers
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PhD student
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J.E.F. (Justin) Richardson, MSc
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PHD Researcher
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G.D.G.L. Rokadji, MSc
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PhD student
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C.A. (Carla) Roos
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PhD student
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Relationships between energy-saving behaviour and support for energy policy.
E.J. (Elliot) Sharpe, MSc
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PhD Student
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Environmental behaviour and social identity, community initiatives
D. (Daniel) Sloot
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PhD student
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prof. dr. R. (Russell) Spears
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Full Professor
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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
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Professor
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prejudice and discrimination, justice perceptions and cultural worldviews (in intergroup relations), collective action/inaction, earthquakes (see http://www.groningsperspectief.nl/)
dr. K.E. (Katherine) Stroebe
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Associate professor
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G.M. (Gonneke) Ton
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PhD student
dr. A.B. (Berfu) Ünal
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Lecturer
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A.M. (Anne) van Valkengoed
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PhD student
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Effective team functioning, team composition, diversity, team membership changes, collaboration within and between teams, performance management.
prof. dr. G.S. (Gerben) van der Vegt
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Professor
I am fascinated with change in organizations; how people respond, the dynamics that occur and the complexities of organizing change for those in charge, the change leaders. Although I am interested in all sorts of organizational change processes, my PhD thesis particularly focuses on the complexities of organizing change in medical school’s undergraduate curricula.

Topics: 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.
F. (Floor) Velthuis, MSc
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PhD candidate medical education
Health Psychology, Psychosocial determinants of health and health-related behaviours
dr. Z. (Zuzana) Veselska, MSc
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Senior researcher of Youth and Health Graduate School KISH research program
L. (Leonie) Vrieling, MSc
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PhD-student
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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
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PhD student
N. (Nadja) Zeiske, MSc
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PhD student
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Social Relationships, Culture, Social Change, Collective Action, Protest, Emotion, Morality, Efficacy, Identity, Political Psychology
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Professor (adjunct)
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