prof. dr. M. (Martijn) van Zomeren

Professor (adjunct)

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Research

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United Kingdom

Research interests

Research statement


My theorizing and research has focused mainly on the psychology of collective action against collective disadvantage, exemplified by peaceful demonstations and petitions (e.g., against cuts on higher education), but also violent uprisings and revolts (e.g., Egypt, Tunesia, Libya). In my and my collaborators' theorizing and research in this domain, I seek to integrate different theoretical perspectives. As a consequence, I seek to model the relationships between four core motivations for engagement in collcetive action: group identity, emotion, efficacy, and morality. The core theme in this line of theorizing and research thus revolves around the question how individuals can become more active and involved in groups, and in society at large.

My current theorizing and research moves beyond the realm of collective action, however. It focuses instead on the psychology of human motivation in general and connects aspects of my earlier thinking with the accumulating insight that humans are fundamentally relational beings. I have written a monograph that reconsiders and replaces the implicit axiom of individuality in theories and research on motivation with one that is grounded in social relationships. In the book I show that it becomes possible to reinterpret the psychology of motivation in an integrative and even consilient way, which emphasizes the relational essence of motivational processes.

Publications
  1. Toward an integrative social identity model of collective action: A quantitative research synthesis of three socio-psychological perspectives

    Van Zomeren, M., Postmes, T. & Spears, R., Jul-2008, In : Psychological Bulletin. 134, 4, p. 504-535 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Protesters as "passionate economists": A dynamic dual pathway model of approach coping with collective disadvantage

    van Zomeren, M., Leach, C. W. & Spears, R., May-2012, In : Personality and Social Psychology review. 16, 2, p. 180-199 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Four core social-psychological motivations to undertake collective action

    van Zomeren, M., 2013, In : Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 7, p. 378-388 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Synthesizing individualistic and collectivistic perspectives on environmental and collective action through a relational perspective

    van Zomeren, M., Dec-2014, In : Theory & Psychology. 24, 6, p. 775-794 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

  5. Metaphors of Protest: A Classification of Motivations for Collective Action

    van Zomeren, M. & Spears, R., 2009, In : Journal of Social Issues. 65, 4, p. 661-679 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  6. Beliefs About the Malleability of Immoral Groups Facilitate Collective Action

    Cohen-Chen, S., Halperin, E., Saguy, T. & van Zomeren, M., Mar-2014, In : Social psychological and personality science. 5, 2, p. 203-210 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  7. Politicization During the 2012 U.S. Presidential Elections: Bridging the personal and the political through an identity content approach

    Turner-Zwinkels, F., van Zomeren, M. & Postmes, T., Mar-2015, In : Personality and social psychology bulletin. 41, 3, p. 433-445 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  8. Threat by association: Do distant intergroup threats carry-over into local intolerance?

    Bouman, T., van Zomeren, M. & Otten, S., Sep-2014, In : British Journal of Social Psychology. 53, 3, p. 405-421 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Press / Media
  1. Does it help to hope?

    Martijn Zomeren, van

    01/12/2019

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement ActivitiesPopular

  2. https://www.ukrant.nl/magazine/een-stem-een-doel-een-beweging/

    Martijn Zomeren, van

    12/10/2018

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

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Activities
  1. CERE 2014

    Martijn Zomeren, van (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conferenceAcademic

  2. European Journal of Social Psychology (Journal)

    Martijn Zomeren, van (Editorial board member)

    2012 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityAcademic

  3. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (Journal)

    Martijn Zomeren, van (Editorial board member)

    2012 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityAcademic

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