Derks, B., van Veelen, R., & Handgraaf, M. (2018). Successful economists are highly masculine

Compared to other scientific disciplines, academics in economics and business stress the importance of stereotypical masculine traits like self-confidence and competitiveness for career success. Feminine traits like cooperativeness and modesty are deemed less important. Could this explain the low number of female academics in economics and business?

Faniko, K., Ellemers, N., & Derks, B. (2017). Nothing changes, really: Why women who break through the glass ceiling end up reinforcing it. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 638-651.

To address gender discrimination and promote the inclusion of women in areas in which they have typically been underrepresented, affirmative action policies such as quotas have been introduced whereby a certain number of positions is reserved for women. Typically, these policies meet considerable opposition, not only from men but, also from women.

Scheepers, D., & Derks, B. (2016). Revisiting social identity theory from a neuroscience perspective. Current Opinion in Psychology, 11, 74-78.

As Associate Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Leiden University, Belle presents "The Queen Bee Phenomenon: Why Do Senior Women Sometimes Work Against the Progress of Their Female Subordinates?" at the second annual Gender & Work Symposium.

Maloku, E., Derks, B., Van Laar, C., & Ellemers, N. (2016). Building national identity in newborn Kosovo: Challenges of Integrating National Identity with Ethnic Identity Among Kosovar Albanians and Kosovar Serbs. In Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory (pp. 245-260). Springer International Publishing

After five years since Kosovo marked their declaration of independence, the country struggles with large migration numbers and a poor economy. One of the most important reasons for this problem is the big ethnic segregation among its population. People with conflicting pasts have to come to terms with one another in one country. In this chapter the first steps of a new research project related to this is presented.

Derks, B., & Ellemers, N. (2015). Gender and social hierarchies: Introduction and overview. In Faniko, K., Fabio Lorenzi-Cioldi, F., Sarrasin, O., & Mayor, E. (Eds.), Gender and Social Hierarchies: Perspectives from Social Psychology (pp 1-7). Routlege.

Although abundant research on women in workplaces reveals that men and women are equal to each other in terms of ambition, commitment and competence, women still receive a lower paycheck than their male counterparts. Social psychological research suggests that part of these disparities in work outcomes are due to gender stereotyping and discrimination. Women who aspire to achieve positions of power have to contend with negative gender stereotypes suggesting that women have lower leadership ability, career commitment and emotional stability. A range of topics addressed in this book provides a comprehensive overview of the latest theoretical and methodological approaches in the research field of gender and social hierarchies. 

Derks, B., van Laar, C., & Ellemers, N. (2009). Working for the self or working for the group: how self-versus group affirmation affects collective behavior in low-status groups. Journal of personality and social psychology, 96(1), 183.

Being a member of a socially devalued group (e.g., women, ethnic minorities) can lead people to renounce their investment and performance motivation in domains that are associated with high societal status (e.g., academic achievement, leadership, see for examples Davies, Spencer, & Steele, 2005; Major & Schmader, 1998). Whereas most of the research on stigma and social identity has focused on stigmatized group members’ well-being and coping strategies (Crocker & Major, 1989; Crocker, Major, & Steele, 1998; Major, Spencer, Schmader, Wolfe, & Crocker, 1998; Rubin & Hewstone, 1998; Swim & Stangor, 1998), only recently research has started to focus on how members of stigmatized groups can remain invested and achieve high performance in domains that could lead them to achieve higher societal status.

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