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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Navigating a complex world

Uncertainty, concern, fear, panic or mass hysteria?

31 Mar 2020
People worldwide are scared of the coronavirus. They are anxious that their friends and family will be infected, of that they will be infected themselves. Does that mean we are dealing with mass panic or mass ...

Most people remain decent even when under pressure

24 Mar 2020
The rapid spread of the coronavirus is generating anxiety, stress and pressure. How does this affect people? Some studies claim that stress and pressure make people greedy. Other studies, in contrast, predict ...

The impact of economic news

16 Mar 2020
Recent economic news has certainly been gloomy. Studies confirm that negative economic news causes us to think more negative thoughts and can lead to a loss of confidence in the political system. Surprisingly, these ...

All at home: the impact of Covid-19 policies and media coverage on families with very young children

2 Apr 2020
Before the Covid-19 pandemic a team of UvA sociologists launched a research project to study the daily lives of Amsterdam families with very young children. During this pandemic the project continues, now also ...

UvA data scientists volunteer their expertise

3 Apr 2020
A great deal of research and data will be required to bring the Covid-19 pandemic to a halt and solve the problems it has caused. UvA scientists are now volunteering to help conduct statistical data analysis for ...

Research into ‘corona humour’

6 Apr 2020
UvA communication scientist Mark Boukes collects and analyses corona humour from around the globe, together with Giselinde Kuipers from KU Leuven. What differences exist between humorous expressions in various ...
#HotPoliticsLab corona-crisis-series: Anne Marthe van der Bles (University of Groningen)
Bert Bakker and Gijs Schumacher will talk with Anne Marthe van der Bles (University of Groningen, Psychology) about communicating uncertainty, on trust and follow-up studies on COVID-19. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.
4M Podcast: 'COVID-19 Shakes International Politics'
Abbey Steele and Darshan Vigneswaran speak to Francesca Grandi & Antonio Barroso about the UN response to COVID-19 and how to guide governments and businesses in addressing uncertainty.
The research, carried out in the Faculty's various research institutes, is extensive and innovative and has a strong international focus.
The faculty offers 15 bachelor’s programmes, which are taught in Dutch, and offers 79 master’s and research master's programmes with a variety of specialisations.