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Carsten de Dreu

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology

Prof.dr. C.K.W. de Dreu
+31 71 527 3706

Carsten K.W. De Dreu is full professor in Social and Organisational Psychology at Leiden University, Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and affiliated with the Center for Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making at the University of Amsterdam.

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Short CV

Carsten K.W. De Dreu is full professor at Leiden University (Social and Organizational Psychology), at the Center for Experimental Economics and Political Decision Making (CREED) at the University of Amsterdam, and Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Carsten de Dreu obtained his PhD (1993; cum laude) from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. As post-doctoral fellow supported by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (1994 – 1999), he worked at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University. From 1998 – 2015, De Dreu was full professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam.

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He is an elected fellow of several learned societies, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. He is a former president of the International Association for Conflict Management (2001), and the European Association for Social Psychology (2008-2011).


His scientific research and teaching focuses on the neurobiological and psychological underpinnings of cooperative decision making, conflict regulation, group decision making, and creativity. On these and related topics he published widely in scientific journals such as Science, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


De Dreu has been awarded with several prizes. In 2018, he has been awarded a Spinoza Prize, the top science prize in the Netherlands.
Spinoza prize for organisation psychologist Carsten de Dreu

Furthermore, he has received the following awards:


De Dreu attracted over 8.5 M€ in external research funding. De most recent grant he received is the European Research Council Advanced Grant (2018). 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.
Carsten de Dreu awarded ERC Advanced Grant for research on conflicts between groups

Key publications

De Dreu C.K.W. & Van Dijk M.A. (2018), Climatic shocks associate with innovation in science and technology, PLOS one, Januari 2018, 1-16

De Dreu C.K.W., Gross J., Méder Z., Giffin M., Prochazkova E, Krikeb J. & Columbus S. (2016), In-group defense, out-group aggression, and coordination failures in intergroup conflict, PNAS, 113-38, 10524-10529

Nijstad B.A. & De Dreu C.K.W. (2012), Motivated information processing in organizational teams: progress, puzzels, and prospects, Research in Organizational Behavior, 32, 87-111

De Dreu C.K.W., Greer L.L., Handgraaf M.J.J., Shalvi S, Van Kleef G.A., Baas M., Ten Velden F.S., Van Dijk E. & Feith S.W.W. (2010), The neuropeptide oxytocin regulates parochial altruism in intergroup conflict among humans, Science Magazine, 328, 1408-1411

Baas M., De Dreu C.K.W. & Nijstad B.A. (2008), A meta-analysis of 25 years of mood-creativity research: hedonic tone, activation, or regulatory focus?, Psychological Bulletin, 134-6, 779-806

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Psychologie
  • Soc., Econom. en Organisat Psych.

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 2A31




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