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dr. N. Hansen

associate professor

Nina Hansen's research centers on the theme of the social psychology of cultural development. She studies social changes that are caused by international development collaboration in transforming and developing countries. In this context, her research focuses on the (often unintended) consequences of aid projects that introduce modern innovations in the Global South such as new technologies, microfinance, novel education initiatives, and energy access. Furthermore, she is interested in how cultural change is influenced by migration. She studies how people integrate in new cultures and how intergroup contact between newcomers and host society can be improved, especially in the context of labour market integration. She is regularly consulted by different governments and organizations around the world and is an expert in social impact evaluations of interventions with broad field experience in African, Asian, and Latin American nations.

I am currently working on projects in Ethiopia, China, India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. Below you can read a selection of recently finished or current projects:

Under development

Most recent project:

In March 2020, the Netherlands went into lockdown and the universities, schools and shops suddenly had to close. A difficult time for everyone; but how were newcomers experiencing this time? Together with a team of students, the organizations ‘Groningen Verwelkomt’ and ‘Heel Groningen helpt’ as well as three Syrian researchers, Nina Hansen conducted research about the situation of newcomers in the Netherlands during the lockdown. In this video and on this website, the team shares their main findings and practical recommendations for societal actors. The most important finding is that integration almost stagnated. It is therefore essential to bring newcomers and Dutch people into contact with each other, because contact is crucial for integration.

Last modified:02 December 2020 8.37 p.m.

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Working hours:
Thursday, 14.00-15.00