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prof. dr. O.M.J. (Otto) Adang
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Professor by special appointment Security and Collective Behaviour
Expertise
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.
M. (Maximilian) Agostini, MSc
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PhD Candidate
Expertise
motivational psychology, goal failure, pro-social behavior, anti-social behavior, compensatory behavior, psychological needs, intergroup behavior
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PhD student
dr. A.M. (Anne Marthe) van der Bles
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Postdoctoral Researcher
Expertise
Societal discontent; communication of uncertainty around facts, numbers, and science
M.B. (Martijn) Blikmans, MSc
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PhD student
dr. E.M.C. (Esther) Bouma
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Institutional research
dr. T.M. (Thecla) Brakel
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Researcher/Teacher
Expertise
Development, implementation and evaluation of automatic knowledge systems, social comparison (sensitivity), tailoring, psychosocial oncology, quality of life, subjective health.
C. (Chantal) D'Amore, MSc
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PhD student
prof. dr. A. (Arie) Dijkstra
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Full professor
Expertise
Health Psychology; Addictions; Behavior change and modification
W. (Wendy) Dorrestijn, MSc
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PhD student
Expertise
Policing, Performance under pressure, Tactical Decisionmaking under Stress, High Risk Operations, Use of Force, Training Use of Force, Reality Based Training
dr. K. (Kai) Epstude
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Associate professor
Expertise
Counterfactual thoughts; emotions; social judgment
A.L. (Ana) Figueiredo Leal
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PhD Student
Expertise
Values and Moral Convictions, Moralization, Intergroup Relations, and Social Change
F.C. (Frank) Gootjes, MSc
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PhD student
prof. dr. E.H. (Ernestine) Gordijn
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Full professor
Expertise
stereotyping, prejudice, emotions, intergroup conflict
F.U. (Felix) Grundmann
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PhD student
dr. N. (Nina) Hansen
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associate professor
Expertise
Social and cultural change driven by moderinzation in the Global South, microfinance services, women's empowerment, integration of refugees
dr. M.A. (Marloes) Huis
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Assistant Professor
Expertise
Researcher/teacher focussed on diversity and inclusion at the university and the labour market

Previous research on the labour market integration of first generation Eritrean migrants, PhD on women’s  empowerment in the context of microfinance services with a focus on the impact of training and social contexts.

Field research experience Ethiopia,  Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and The Netherlands (social  impact evaluation; mixed methods).
M. (Marlon) de Jong, MSc
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Onderzoeker
H.B. (Babet) Kanis, MSc
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PhD Candidate
Expertise
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. Y. (Yasin) Koc
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Assistant Professor
Expertise
I am interested in conducting research in areas of identity and intergroup processes, with particular emphasis on stigma, identity threat, coping, and well-being of disadvantaged group members, especially in the case of multiple conflicting identities. I am doing more experimental work these days, but also continue to use qualitative and correlational methods depending on the research question under scrutiny. Mainly, I am interested in four broad areas of research:

1. Multiple conflicting identities and ways of increasing identity integration

2. The effect of negative intergroup experiences on the status and well-being of disadvantaged groups (e.g., refugees, sexual minorities, religious minorities)

3. Intergroup toleration (especially in the case of Muslim minorities)

4. Progressive/modern masculinities and its implications in society
dr. N. (Namkje) Koudenburg
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Associate Professor
Expertise
Group processes and communication. Polarisation, social change, micro-dynamics of conversation
drs. E.W.S. (Esther) Neven
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PhD student
prof. dr. S. (Sabine) Otten
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Professor of Intergroup Relations and Social Integration
Expertise
diversity, intergroup relations, social integration, social identity
C.N. (Catia) Pinto Teixeira, PhD
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Assistant Professor/Post-doctoral researcher
prof. dr. T.T. (Tom) Postmes
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Full Professor, Social Psychology
Expertise
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. 
J.E.F. (Justin) Richardson, MSc
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PHD Researcher
Expertise
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.
G.D.G.L. (Galaxy) Rokadji, MSc
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PhD student
Expertise
Communication rules regarding support seeking because of illness.
My PhD research focusses on the verbal, vocal and expressive communication regarding support seeking by people who are ill, and how this effects the relationship between support seekers and providers.
C.A. (Carla) Roos
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PhD student
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PhD student
prof. dr. R. (Russell) Spears
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Full Professor
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Visiting Professor
dr. K.E. (Katherine) Stroebe
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Associate professor
Expertise
prejudice and discrimination, justice perceptions and cultural worldviews (in intergroup relations), collective action/inaction, earthquakes (see http://www.groningsperspectief.nl/)
G.M. (Gonneke) Ton
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PhD student
dr. S. (Susie) Wang
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Postdoctoral Researcher
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Function
Professor (adjunct)
Expertise
Social Relationships, Culture, Social Change, Collective Action, Protest, Emotion, Morality, Efficacy, Identity, Political Psychology
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