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Social Identity

Social Psychology

Thi is an "umbrella" project relating to my (endowed) Faculty Chair, research funded for 5 years (2011-2016) and which comprises a range of subprojects (5PhDs; described in the subprojects), in addition my own (related) research. My own research is broadly conners with social identity and intergroup relations, and focuses inter alia specifically on: 1) processes underlying the radicalisation of disempowered groups, in particular the "nothing to lose" effect; 2) how people juggle group loyalty concerns with the possibility of social mobility (the "permeability paradox"); 3) the different processes explaining prejudice towards immigrants who are culturally similar and dissimilar as a function of threats to status (the "prejudice paradox").

Sub projects

  • Group identity and sustainable energy behavior
  • Signalling and social identity
  • The strategic use of emotions in intergroup contexts
  • The downside of compassion
  • The path of most resistance: How groups cope with implicit social identity threat (Jolien van Breen)

Researchers and partners

Behavioural and Social Sciences, Psychology

Behavioural and Social Sciences, outside of Psychology


Selection of BA and MA student projects
  • How majority/host groups react to different resistance strategies of disadvantaged groups
  • “We are the 1%, we stand with the 99%”: reactions of high-status groups faced with collective action from low-status groups
  • Multiculturalism: A White “Man’s” Burden?
  • An integrative framework for intergroup threat and prejudice as a function of status and cultural
  • similarities
  • Het belang van continuïteit van het zelfbeeld en sociale identificatie voor een positieve beleving van het eerste studiejaar op de universiteit.
  • A Threat to Identity or Resources? How Minority Action Threatens the Majority via Identification in the Context of the European Refugee Crisis


Successful grant proposals and other achievements
  • Marie Curie Postdoc fellow (Dr Catia Teixeira): “We are the 1%, we stand with the 99%”: Reactions of high-status groups faced with social change attempts from low-status groups

University's focus areas

  • Sustainable Society
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