We live in turbulent times. Concerns about polarization and popular discontent are commonplace. So for many reasons, this seems a better time than ever to ask the question: what do we really know about such mass movements and societal sea-changes? Tom Postmes provides four key insights from his research over the last 7 years, which he conducted in close collaboration with various Dutch Ministries.
To reduce the impacts of climate change, we need global cooperation. By using an analogy to ants, Research Master student Vladimir Bojarskich argues that individuals can influence people at large – and that, therefore, individuals can drive the collective to mitigate climate change.
We, two Research Master students, went to Bolivia to support the project of Drs. Nina Hansen and Judith Daniels. We interviewed 100 women about the effect of trauma on female empowerment. We carried home a rich data set and stories that cannot be easily expressed in figures.
Can culture make us lonely? Our research suggests that the answer is yes: we found higher individualism to be associated with higher loneliness. In a future research/film project, we will now explore whether culture can give rise to differences in loneliness experiences. Sounds interesting? Join us as a research assistant!
Have you ever wondered how (and why) researchers at our faculty arrived where they are at today? Whether you did or did not before–this article will give you a brief insight into how dr. Nina Hansens pathway looks like and how it influences her current work. Dr. Hansen is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at […]
On Thursday October 18th 2018, Marloes Huis defended her PhD dissertation in which she discusses how training women in the context of microfinance services can strengthen their empowerment. Both women’s needs and the context should be considered in such training.
After 2.5 years only 11% of the refugees who arrived in the Netherlands in 2014 have found a paid job. Together with The Hague Process, researchers and students from the RUG are investigating the challenges refugees face when finding a job and are developing a training to prepare Dutch employers to hire and integrate new refugees. Society and science can learn from each other.
Amidst the ongoing global phenomenon of population aging, Bibiana Armenta studies processes that affect the well-being of adults who are stepping into old age. Tomorrow, June 21st, she will defend her dissertation in which she outlines how a new identity as an older adult is shaped and in turn shapes the well-being of adults between their 50s and 70s.
On June 11, 2018, Aafke van Mourik Broekman will defend her thesis, in which she shows that we have the ability to internalize a sense of solidarity from the groups we observe. This does not only change how we feel about the group expressing the solidarity, but can also alter our behaviour and our relations with other people around us.
Compassion has previously been shown to trigger positive feelings and a desire to help others. But there may be more to it. Monday January 29th, dr. Wim Meerholz defended his dissertation in which he explains that compassion needs not have only positive effects.