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Dr G.A van Kleef (1977) has been named Professor by Special Appointment of Society and Organisation-related Psychological Aspects of Pro-social Behaviour at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Dr G.A van Kleef (1977) has been named Professor by Special Appointment of Society and Organisation-related Psychological Aspects of Pro-social Behaviour at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The chair was designated on behalf of the Van der Gaag Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Gerben van Kleef’s research focuses particularly on the themes of emotion, power and conflict. In his research into emotion, Van Kleef studies how people influence one another emotionally, for example in the areas of personal relationships, requests for assistance, negotiations, leadership and teamwork. In a second line of research, Van Kleef studies how people acquire power and how power influences social interaction. For example, he is researching when either social or asocial behaviour propels people upward in hierarchies and how the experience of having power influences a person’s ability to empathise, feel compassion and exhibit a willingness to help others. In the line of research into conflict, Van Kleef is studying the situations in which people act cooperatively in a conflict and the situations in which people opt to take a competitive stance. In his work as a professor by special appointment, Van Kleef will further explore the relationship between emotion, power and cooperation.

Van Kleef has worked at the UvA’s Social Psychology Department since 2004 and as a senior university lecturer since 2008. In 2007, he was a visiting researcher at the University of California in Berkeley (USA). He earned his PhD cum laude from the UvA in 2004 and the Dutch Association of Social Psychological Researchers (Associatie van Sociaal-Psychologische Onderzoekers) and the International Association for Conflict Management awarded him distinctions for his thesis. Van Kleef has received various research grants, including Veni and Vidi grants in 2006 and 2010, respectively, from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2008 he received the Early Career Award from the European Association of Social Psychology. Van Kleef has published extensively in scientific journals such as Science, PNAS, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Academy of Management Journal and Psychological Science.