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Identity Signaling and Sustainable Cooperation

Cooperative behavior is an important topic as it is the very basis of human society. The key to success for societal institutions, however, lies not only in the establishment of cooperative relationships, but above all in sustaining them. The present project investigates a key mechanism that might facilitate the sustainability of cooperation: identity signaling. Identity signaling includes the display of identity cues like ones gender or skin color, but also symbols and behaviors that are chosen for their signaling power. These signals can change the perception and behavior of receivers in a way benefitting or impeding the signaler. Research using social dilemma games has shown that identity signaling can be an effective means to establish cooperation with in-group and out-group members. However, the interaction between imposed and chosen identity related signals, and its role in keeping cooperation sustainable constitutes a new perspective and the main focus of the present project.

PhD Student
Janine Weeting

Supervisor(s)
Prof.dr. Rafael Wittek (University of Groningen)
prof.dr. Russell Spears (University of Groningen)
prof.dr Andreas Flache (University of Groningen)

Period
1 September 2013 - 1 September 2017

Funding
University of Gronigen

Women Who Work and Men Who Care

In order to stimulate gender equality in the workplace, many interventions are invented that focus on the career opportunities of women (e.g., female networks, appointing female role models). However, the outcomes of gender inequality for men are often neglected. Gender roles might not only limit the career opportunities of women, they might also limit men to take up their family role (e.g., requesting a parental leave). We thus argue that sustainable cooperation between women and men at work is most effective by achieving gender equality within both the work ánd family domain. The current project will examine how to stimulate the work roles of women in order to achieve career success, but also acknowledge the family roles of men within work settings.

PhD Student
Melissa Vink

Supervisor(s)
Prof.dr. Belle Derks (Utrecht University)
prof.dr. Naomi Ellemers (Utrecht University)
prof.dr.ir. Tanja van der Lippe (Utrecht University)

Period
1 September 2015 - 1 September 2019

Funding
Utrecht University