As a behavioral scientist and social psychologists, I am strongly interested in how the social environment shapes individuals’ behavior. In my research I specifically focus on the influence of personal and group values. How do personal and group values influence individuals’ environmental behaviors (current postdoc position)? And how do individuals react when their own or their group’s values are threatened by others (Ph.D. thesis)?

I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the Environmental Psychology group at the University of Groningen (Groningen, the Netherlands). My research focuses on the influence of personal and (perceived) group values on individuals’ environmental attitudes and behaviors, and how these values can motivate people to act pro-environmentally. I am specifically interested in energy behaviors and beliefs within households, focusing on the dynamics between – and behaviors and perceptions of – different members within the household.

In addition, my research focuses on the interaction between individuals and (automated) energy technologies. How do individuals use and interact with energy technologies, what are individuals’ attitudes toward such technologies, and – importantly – how can technologies empower and engage users to actively participate in energy transitions?

More information on ongoing research can be found under “current research projects”.

During my Ph.D. (University of Groningen) I focused on how media portrayals of distant situations (e.g., for Dutch citizens, the Arab Uprisings) influence local intergroup relationships (e.g., with local immigrant groups, such as Turkish-Dutch citizens). Our research indicates that threatening information about distant outgroups “carries over” and negatively influences observers’ perceptions of local outgroups. Moreover, we identified different routes through which these carry-over effects occur and we specified conditions in which threats are particularly likely to induce local intolerance. I presented my work on multiple national and international conferences, for which I received travel grants from the Society for Personal and Social Psychology and European Association of Social Psychology, and the best graduate student poster award at the SPSP annual convention in 2013.

Before my Ph.D. I studied and published on bullying behavior at schools. More specifically, what different types of reports of bullying behavior (peer versus self) tell about the risks children involved in bullying face (e.g., depression, anxiety, social exclusion, social status).