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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 12:26

Carsten de Dreu awarded ERC Advanced Grant for research on conflicts between groups

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology Carsten de Dreu has been awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council. This subsidy of 2.5 million euros will allow De Dreu to carry out research on the causes of conflicts between groups at both macro- and micro-level.

Conflicts between groups of people are part of life. 'In the behavioural sciences we already know a lot about inter-group conflicts, particularly about the microprocesses that play a role between or within groups,' De Dreu says. Historical and geographical research gives us a different picture, in particular that scarcity at macro-level - for example, as a result of climate change or economic decline - can lead to social unrest and war. 'I want to explore how this pressure at macro-level works its way through to the micro-processes that are going on prior to a conflict between groups of people. Are they independent of one another, or is one caused by the other? And how does that work?


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