Management Structure

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Management Structure

The structure and organisation of the KLI are detailed and formalised in the Regulations (Huishoudelijk Reglement) and Articles (Samenwerkings-overeenkomst) of the Institute. Here we provide a brief overview of the organisational structure.

Figure 1 KLI management structure

General Board

The General Board of the KLI consists of 5 members, a non-voting chairman, and a non-voting Ph.D. student member. It has ultimate responsibility with regard to research, teaching and budgetary decisions. The General Board delegates the daily running of the KLI to an Executive Committee consisting of the Scientific Director and two Adjunct Directors (responsible respectively for research and teaching).

The members of the General Board are:
prof.dr. Naomi Ellemers (Chair), prof.dr. Kees van den Bos, prof.dr. E. van Dijk, prof.dr. Astrid Homan, prof.dr. Paul A.M. van Lange, prof.dr. Susanne Scheibe, Laurens van Gestel MSc. (Ph.D. student representative), and prof.dr. Ellen Giebels (External Member).

Executive Committee

This Executive Committee is responsible for taking all the relevant decisions, and shapes the scientific and educational policy of the KLI in consultation with and based on the advice of two formal bodies: the Teaching Committee and the Research Committee. Both committees report directly to the Executive Committee of the KLI, the former on the co-ordination and planning of research training, and the latter on research proposals and student progress.

The members of the Executive Committee are:
prof.dr. Russell Spears (Scientific Director, Chair), prof.dr. Barbara Wisse (Research Director), dr. Jan Willem van Prooijen (Teaching Director) and dr. Madelijn Strick.

Impact Committee

The goal of the Impact Committee is to showcase social psychology research and its applications to a variety of audiences: journalists, scientists from other fields and other external partners.

The members of the Impact committee are:
Dr. Madelijn Strick (Chair), Tessa Coffeng MSc., dr. Lotte van Dillen, dr. Allard Feddes, dr. Hedy Greijdanus, dr. Romy van der Lee, and Justin Richardson MSc. 

Teaching Committee

The Teaching Committee has primary responsibility for developing and evaluating the teaching programme. The committee consists of two members, a graduate student and the Teaching Director.

The members of the Teaching Committee are:
dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen (Chair), dr. Gert-Jan Lelieveld, dr. Antje Schmitt, and Laurens van Gestel MSc. (Ph.D. student representative).

Research Committee

The Research Committee has primary responsibility for evaluating Ph.D. projects and proposals, for annual assessment of Ph.D. projects (based on reports from graduate students), and for the scientific programme of the KLI. The committee consists of five members including the Research Director.

The members of the Research Committee are:
prof.dr. Barbara Wisse (Chair), prof. dr. Belle Derks and dr. Frenk van Harreveld.

In case of an increased workload, the research committee can be expanded with a maximum of two additional members.

Administrative staff

Finally, the Executive Committee is supported by the KLI administrative staff (based at Utrecht University). This consists of a teaching administration and a General Manager. The General manager assists the different boards and committees of the KLI in the preparation and execution of the KLI policies, and is executive secretary of the Executive Committee, the Teaching Committee, the Impact committee and the Research Committee.

The General Manager is Annemarieke Blankesteijn MSc MA.
The teaching administrator is Ria Konter.


PhD student representative

The representative of Ph.D. students within the KLI attends both the meetings of the Teaching Committee and the General Board.

Laurens van Gestel MSc. (Utrecht University) represents the PhD students within the KLI.

This management structure has served us very well and therefore has not been changed. However, since 2001 we also established a Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board consists of internationally respected experts in the domains covered by the KLI. It will evaluate the overall performance of the KLI as a graduate training institute and  will meet twice during each 5-year period.

At the suggestion of the graduate students two confidential advisors (vertrouwenspersonen) have been appointed. Students who have conflicts with their supervisor or indeed any other problem may contact one of these advisors. The confidential advisor is dr. J.A.M. (Jose) Heesink.

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