Intergroup Helping (2017). Edited by Esther van Leeuwen and Hanna Zagefka.

The aim of this volume is to provide an overview of psychological research on intergroup helping, arguing for intergroup helping as a research area in and of itself. Historically, research on intergroup relations has largely focused on negative intergroup interactions, such as prejudice or discrimination. This, and the fact that most of the research on helping has focused on individuals, meant that helping between (members of) different groups was largely overlooked. However, over the last decade, a small but growing group of researchers has started to investigate intergroup helping as a social act occurring between and amongst groups. The contributions of these expert researchers, which are summarised in this volume, make the case that intergroup helping should be studied as a phenomenon in and of itself, not as a mere expression of positive intergroup attitudes.

To advance this argument, the first section covers traditional research approaches in which the willingness to help other groups is construed as a form of discrimination. Then, the second section looks at the reasons why people may be motivated to help other groups. Finally, the last section explores intergroup helping in a wide range of real world settings, such as help for disaster victims or refugees/migrants. These contributions suggest that intergroup relations can be truly positive. Thus, Intergroup Helping informs researchers from fields as diverse as positive psychology, conflict resolution, fundraising, migration, and intergroup relations about the current state of affairs of research on intergroup helping, and sets out an agenda for further exploration. Tapping into the current trend towards positive psychology, it moves away from the traditional view within intergroup relations research of the group as a ‘source of trouble’, with the ultimate goal of promoting real positive behaviour that breaches intergroup divides.

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How to present (in progress)

Together with Fieke Harinck, I am writing a book on how to deliver an informative and engaging academic presentation. The book is intended for academic (research) masters’ students and PhD students in the social sciences and related fields. However, bachelor students in social sciences and related disciplines and academic researchers who wish to improve their presentation skills might also find this book useful.

Delivering professional presentations of scientific research and ideas is an intricate part of an academic’s life. Moreover, with the growing competitiveness within academia, the quality of scientific presentations is becoming increasingly important. After all, a scientific presentation is not just a tool to present your research, it is also a means to present yourself. The impression you make on your audience can have a vast impact on whether they see you as a competent professional (one they might consider inviting for a visit, or even offering a job), or as a mumbling slob. Yet despite the importance of delivering high-quality scientific presentations, presentation skills have typically occupied a subordinate role in academic teaching programmes, which tend to focus on writing skills rather than presenting skills. Consequently, there is a remarkable lack of accessible and up-to-date material that teaches graduate and post-graduate students how to present their scientific research to a scientific (and non-scientific) audience. The aim of this book is to fill this void.


De verbonden organisatie (in voorbereiding)

Samen met Laura Monden schrijf ik een boek getiteld ‘De verbonden organisatie’, dat is bedoeld voor hen die een cruciale rol hebben in het implementeren en begeleiden van organisatorische veranderingen binnen de organisatie. Te denken valt aan HR-professionals, consultants en lijnmanagement.managers en HR-professionals. Dit boek slaat op unieke wijze een brug tussen wetenschappelijke inzichten uit de organisatiepsychologie en de praktijk van veranderprocessen. Het doel van dit boek is om kennis op een toegankelijke en vooral praktische manier te delen met iedereen die een cruciale rol speelt in veranderprocessen in organisaties.

Het boek geeft een kort overzicht van belangrijke menselijke factoren en processen waar rekening mee gehouden moet worden in verandersituaties. Deze inzichten zijn op wetenschappelijk onderzoek gebaseerd. De kennis wordt in deze sectie van het boek op een zeer toegankelijke manier gepresenteerd. Vervolgens wordt ingegaan op een aantal belangrijke veranderprocessen in organisaties zoals fusies, reorganisaties, en kosten-/personeelsreductie (downsizing). Aan de hand van casuïstiek uit de dagelijkse praktijk wordt uitgelegd welke rol de eerder beschreven menselijke factoren spelen, hoe het model past op deze casus en hoe het veranderproces kan worden vormgegeven. Uiteindelijk doel van de toepassing van het model is dat de weerstand wordt geminimaliseerd en de betrokkenheid en prestaties van medewerkers wordt gemaximaliseerd. Tot slot wordt een aantal praktische tips gegeven voor de concrete aanpak van het veranderproces.