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My research focuses on the social psychological aspects of group processes and intergroup relations. I study the motivational underpinnings and implications of social identity processes, in particular for individuals who are devalued or stereotyped. 

My research projects revolve around two interrelated themes and questions:

1. Intragroup morality and norm violations: How does (im)morality motivate team members? How do individuals cope with threats to intragroup morality stemming from norm violations in work settings?

2. Inter- and intragroup diversity: How can we create a diverse and inclusive environment for teams and organisations? How are individuals affected by—and how do they perform in—diverse (working) groups? In one of my research projects I focus specifically on Gender diversity in academia: To what extent do male and female scientists face differential opportunities in academia? I am particularly interested in developing effective evidence-based interventions to obtain equal opportunities and equal gender representation in teams and organisations.

In answering these questions, I use different measures and methods (e.g., implicit and explicit measures, psychophysiological measures, lab experiments, field studies, surveys).



I teach at the Bachelor and Master level. My courses are related to topics such as identity, intergroup relations, diversity, and stereotyping. 

Education/Academic qualification

Social and Organizational Psychology, PhD, Universiteit Leiden

Research Master in Social Psychology, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Psychology, Bachelor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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norm violation Social Sciences
morality Social Sciences
Mental Competency Medicine & Life Sciences
Demography Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
research project Social Sciences
female scientist Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2018

Implications of research staff demographics for psychological science

Does, S., Ellemers, N., Dovidio, J. F., Norman, J. B., Mentovich, A., van der Lee, R. & Goff, P. A., 1 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : American Psychologist. 73, 5, p. 639-650

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Research Design

Kenmerken en valkuilen van effectief beleid voor genderdiversiteit in de wetenschap

van der Lee, R. A. & Ellemers, N., 6 Sep 2018, In : Gedrag en Organisatie. 31, 3, p. 262-280 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Not all skepticism is equal: Exploring the ideological antecedents of science acceptance and rejection

Rutjens, B. T., Sutton, R. M. & van der Lee, R., 1 Mar 2018, In : Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 44, 3, p. 384-405 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Climate Change
Rejection (Psychology)

Perceptions of gender inequality in academia: Reluctance to let go of individual merit ideology

van der Lee, R. & Ellemers, N., 2018, Belief Systems and the Perception of Reality. Rutjens, B. & Brandt, M. (eds.). Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 63-78 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

What seems attractive may not always work well: Evaluative and cardiovascular responses to morality and competence levels in decision-making teams

van Prooijen, A. M., Ellemers, N., van der Lee, R. & Scheepers, D. T., 1 Jan 2018, In : Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 21, 1, p. 73-87

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 PhD thesis examination

Force of Gossip

Bianca Beersma (Examiner), R.A. van der Lee (Examiner)
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Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination