Esther van Leeuwen obtained her PhD at the department of Social & Organisational Psychology at Leiden University in 2001. Her thesis described a series of studies investigating how personnel responded to mergers. After working at the VU University Amsterdam for 13 years, she has now returned to Leiden University where she specialises in research on organisational processes.
Her research interests include intergroup helping, employer loyalty, corporate reputation, and care of the elderly. She studies these topics using a mixture of laboratory and field studies.
- Intergroup helping in response to separatism, Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin, 39 (2013)
- When common identities reduce between-group helping, Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3 (2012)
- The strategic side of out-group helping . In: S. Stürmer & M. Snyder (Eds.), The Psychology of Prosocial Behavior: Group Processes, Intergroup Relations, and Helping (2010)
- Dealing with deviants: The effectiveness of rejection, denial, and apologies on protecting the public image of a group, European Journal of Social Psychology, 40 (2010)
- Continuing and changing group identities: The effects of merging on social identification and ingroup bias, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29 (2003)