Are you interested in researching the factors that contribute to youth’s pro-environmental engagement? Consider joining the Horizons project as a PhD student to be involved in two research projects, including a new study on social and emotional factors influencing pro-environmental engagement of young adolescents and a study from the Growing Up Together in Societ
y (GUTS) consortium. Within this PhD trajectory, you will gain the skills and knowledge to conduct cutting-edge research on adolescent development, and be part of a dynamic and interdisciplinary team.
Applications are invited for a four-year PhD position under the supervision of Dr. Evelien Broekhof, Dr. Lisa Schreuders, and Prof. Dr. Berna Güroğlu (Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology of Leiden University). We are looking for an enthusiastic student who would like to launch their career in the field of developmental psychology. Responsibilities
The PhD student will contribute ideas about the design of the new study on adolescents’ pro-environmental engagement, recruit and test participants, carry out data handling and analyses, and write articles which will culminate in a dissertation. About 10% of the time will be spent on teaching, such as supervising BSc and MSc thesis projects. Project description
How do social and emotional factors contribute to pro-environmental engagement in youth? This the central question of this PhD project. To answer this research question, you will be involved in a study that examines how moral emotions, such as guilt, anger, and empathy may influence pro-environmental behavior. Additionally, the project will investigate the impact of the social environment and connectedness alongside social cognitions like trust and emotional support. The study will be designed to explore daily emotions and behaviors, offering a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between these factors in day-to-day lives of early adolescents (aged ±12-17 years).
In addition to this project, you will also contribute to the Growing Up Together in Society (GUTS) consortium, a collaboration among seven Dutch universities. The overarching goal of this research project is how relationships and social network position of individuals relate to societal outcomes. As part of the Leiden team, your PhD project, involves working with complete social networks of young adults (total size of ca. 200 individuals) aged 16-25. The project will employ a range of measures including self-report and peer-report (sociometric) questionnaires, behavioral testing, and brain imaging (fMRI sessions). This PhD position on the social and emotional factors on pro-environmental engagement aims to examine how social dynamics within a closed social network relate to pro-environmental behavior. As this PhD trajectory is connected to a project neuroscience project, there is an opportunity to gain research experience in fMRI data acquisition in case the PhD student is interested in this field. . Based in Leiden, this part of the project involves collaboration with Groningen University and the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN). The PhD student will work together with PhD student(s) of other sites.
If you are passionate about exploring the complex interactions between individual behavior, emotions, and social context, then we encourage you to apply for this exciting PhD position. You will have the chance to develop your research skills, work with a dynamic team, and make a valuable contribution to the field of developmental psychology.