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dr. K.E. Stroebe

Associate professor
dr. K.E. Stroebe
+31 50 36 36509 (+31 (0)50-3636386 - Secretary's office)

My research interests lie in the intersection between intergroup relations and social justice research. Some examples of specific interests are:

1. Sources of justice: People believe in a just world in which they receive the treatment and life outcomes they deserve. Yet who distributes justice? What ultimately causes negative life events (such as tragic death of a young child)? We have determined six sources of justice and are currently among other developing how they affect responses to important life events (Stroebe, K., Postmes, T.T., Täuber, S, Stegeman, A., & John, M.S.., 2014).

2. Inaction versus action in response to disadvantage: In this program of research I study determinants of inaction in response to different types of disadvantage (e.g., as ethnic minority, student). People often do not act out against experiences of disadvantage, such as when they are a target of discrimination. Why is this the case? And can we distinguish and predict different forms of inaction (e.g., acceptance, frustration)? I have taken different approaches here, one being to focus on the role of Just World Beliefs in responding to disadvantage (Stroebe et al., 2011; Stroebe, 2013). In another line of research with Ernestine Gordijn and Russell Spears we study how the type of social rejection influences emotions and action related responses to disadvantage. Taking a more applied approach, I have also studied responses to earthquakes in the North-East Groningen area (Otjes, Stroebe, & Postmes, 2014).

3. Female dominance: Although women less often attain high level positions and generally have lower status in society than men, in smaller groups the question of male dominance is less clear. In this project I combine insights from work on non-human primates to study determinants of female dominance in human primate groups (Stroebe, Nijstad, & Hemelrijk, 2014)

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