Conferencias invitadas

Jueves 1 de Octubre del 2020. 17:00 h


Lazos sociales que construyen salud: El papel de la identidad social (Social bonds that build health: The role of social identity). 


Short bio:

Full professor of Social Psychology at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, her research applies social psychology to environmental and health issues. She was the president of the Portuguese Psychological Association, and she represented Psychology in the Scientific Council for the Social Sciences at the National Research Funding Agency (FCT) and Portugal in the Scientific Council for the Social Sciences at the European Science Foundation. She served ISCTE as the Head of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and presently as Head of the Scientific Council of the University. She is Honorary Professor at the University of Bath.

Dra. Maria Luisa Lima

University Institute of Lisbon

Sábado 3 de Octubre del 2020. 16:30 h


How a slow-onset disaster unfolds. 

Together with Katherine Stroebe and a large team, we study the development of a slow-onset disaster in Groningen, the Netherlands. Here, gas extraction from one of the largest fields in the world is causing human-induced earthquakes. Such earthquakes occur everywhere around the world where there is mining activity (, but Groningen is special because the gas field is densely populated. This means that more than a thousand small earthquakes are gradually damaging tens of thousands of homes. Since 2015 we have studied the impact on residents and communities in a wide-ranging project using representative surveys, panel studies, interviews with residents, focus groups and so on. I shall describe and explain how this disaster unfolded: the nature of damage inflicted, the way damage was handled, why individuals get stressed and why their health suffers. I shall also describe the impact this had on communities and on governance. To conclude, I will briefly reflect on the lessons I learned about how to do research and about our contributions to solving this societal problem.

Dr. Tom Postmes

PhD, University of Amsterdam

Short bio:

Tom Postmes (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 1997) is chair of social psychology at the University of Groningen. He studies human behavior in virtual groups and communities, in crowds and also in organizations and «normal» teams. A major theme in his work how individual actions, thoughts and social interactions become co-ordinated, in such a way that people act and think as a team, a group, an organization or as a society. In chaotic, unusual or unexpected situations (a demonstration, a disaster but also online) a process of self-organisation takes place. We can learn a lot from this and it raises questions about group dynamics in “normal” groups and everyday life. Central to a lot of his work is the influence of personal and social identity: the relation of the individual to the group.

Tom received various awards from august institutions such as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and National Science Foundation (USA). In recent years, he has collaborated with various ministries on research projects concerned with societal discontent and social unrest in The Netherlands. He also studies the societal impact of induced earthquakes in Groningen, and is Scientific Director of the knowledge platform (Kennisplatform Leefbaar en Kansrijk Groningen, in Dutch) that seeks to integrate knowledge about this and promote its application.