Save the Date: Political Psychology Meeting on November 9th


Please join us for the seventh Political Psychology Meeting, which will take place on Friday November 9th at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (University of Amsterdam).

Political psychology is thriving in the Netherlands and beyond. We organize the political psychology meetings to further consolidate this field of research in the region of the Netherlands by providing an opportunity for political psychologists to connect, share ideas, and provide feedback on each other’s work. The day will run from 10.00 - 16.00 and includes coffee/tea- and lunch-breaks. For the upcoming meeting, we were again able to secure an excellent set of speakers. Please see below for the preliminary program.

It is important to register for the meeting so that we can get an accurate head count for coffee/tea and lunch. Participation is free of charge. Please let us know by October 19th if you plan to attend by filling out this form.

Best regards,

Bert Bakker (University of Amsterdam)

Mark Dechesne (Leiden University)

Jojanneke van der Toorn (Utrecht University & Leiden University)

Preliminary program

10.00-10.30 Coffee/Tea

10.30-11.15 Paul Marx (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Should we study political behaviour as rituals? Towards a general micro theory of politics in everyday life

11.15-12.00 Allard Feddes (University of Amsterdam)
The United Kingdom’s EU membership referendum: Key psychological variables behind voting ‘remain’ and ‘leave’

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.30 Efraín García-Sánchez (PhD student; University of Granada)
The vicious cycle of economic inequality: The role of ideology in shaping the relationship between “what is” and “what ought to be” in 41 Countries

13.30-14.00 Martijn Blikmans (Groningen University)
The use of emotions in political speech: Main and moderating effects.

14.00-14.30 Coffee/Tea

14.30-15.15 Florian van Leeuwen (Tilburg University)
Disgust sensitivity relates to attitudes toward gay men and lesbian women (and other sexual groups) across 31 nations

15.150-16.00 To be announced

16.00 Drinks at Crea Cafe


Amsterdam School of Communication Research Roeterseiland Campus
Room: C10.20
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1001 NG Amsterdam

LUMC Pride Seminar

Today, I will be giving a keynote lecture at the Leiden University Medical Center. Join us!

“We are proud to present Professor dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn from Leiden University who will give a lecture regarding LGBT Workplace Inclusion.

More and more organisations acknowledge the importance of an inclusive workspace that accommodates sexual orientation and gender identity. This workspace is hard to realize since an apparently tolerant space is often in fact not so tolerant at all. Persons who support equal rights, can disapprove of a transgender colleague or make remarks that are (unintentionally) hurtful about homosexuality. To promote inclusion of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender employees (LGBTs) at work, knowledge of the social psychological mechanisms that are the foundation to their stigmatisation is needed. To determine what works, we need to know why something else does not work. This is the added value of a scientific approach. Jojanneke van der Toorn discusses the psychological processes that stand in the way of a truly inclusive workspace for LGBTs and what we can learn from them to find practical solutions. Because inclusivity offers opportunities for both employees and organisations.”

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Pride Amsterdam 2018

This week I had the pleasure of attending a conference and of partying on a boat in the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade, both organized by the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights.

To be LGBTI is a human right
Alderman Marieke van Doorninck opened the conference by stressing the importance of diversity for the city of Amsterdam. Then sociologist Jan Willem Duyvendak explained the term homonationalism, and argued that viewing LGBTI acceptance as typically Dutch polarizes the debate. Boris Dittrich moderated the afternoon which also included contributions by Marja Lust (Police), Annelies Tukker (Nederlandse organisatie voor seksediversiteit), Isjed Ijaz Hussain (Stichting Prisma Groep & Veilige Haven) en Milan Hendriks (transgender). I gave a flash lecture on LGBT workplace inclusion.

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Inaugural speech on LGBT Workplace Inclusion

On April 6th, I held my inaugural speech to mark my appointment as Professor on LGBT Workplace Inclusion at Leiden University. It was a festive occasion and I was very pleased to see how much interest there is in the topic. Besides family, friends and colleagues, the audience consisted of interested parties from industry, government and civil society.

Read the speech here (in Dutch): "Naar een Inclusieve Werkvloer: Seksuele Orientatie en Gender Identiteit op het Werk.

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Member of the Utrecht Young Academy

I’m proud to announce that from today, I am a member of the Utrecht Young Academy, a select group of 30 enthusiastic and ambitious young academics at Utrecht University.

“Operating as an independent organisation within the university, the UYA aims to exchange critical perspectives on academia, policy, and society in Utrecht and beyond. It is a collaboration platform for generating ideas among young academics and influencing decision-makers on science and education policy. Throughout the year, UYA members organise a wide variety of inspiring activities for scholars, students and the public in order to boost the relationship between academia and society.”

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Toward effective and evidence-based diversity policy

The Netherlands Inclusivity Monitor (NIM) has been launched!

With the aim of bridging science and society, my research group at Utrecht University has teamed up with the National Integration Fund in developing an instrument to monitor organizations' diversity and inclusion practices and their impact.

The National Integration Fund is an initiative by CEO's of big corporations to contribute to a better and more integrated society through an evidence-based approach to diversity. We survey its D&I policy and employee perceptions, screen our findings in light of the latest scientific insights, and identify where progress can still be made. By repeating this annually and by benchmarking between organizations, we can monitor the progress and determine best practices.

See the press release (in Dutch) for more information or go to