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Kurt Lewin Instituut
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Project Information

Project Title
"Bridging the gap between context an behavior: The role of identity in nature conservation and protection of cultural heritage on the BES-islands"

Leiden University - Social and Organizational Psychology

PhD Student
Stacey Mac Donald

Prof.dr. G. Oostindie (Leiden University)
prof.dr. G.A. Persoon (Leiden University)
dr. H.J.A.M. Staats (Leiden University)

1 February 2015 - 1 February 2019

NWO - Dutch Organization for Scientific Research


The general aim of this research project is to understand how the constitutional changes in the Dutch Caribbean municipalities have affected the residents’ behavior concerning their cultural heritage and nature conservation. The specific aim of the project is to achieve understanding of these developments by building on identity theory. This study will try to determine which indicators of an individual’s identity (environmental and cultural identity) correlate with conservation behavior of activists in terms of nature and cultural heritage. Using measures of identity, to be developed, the project tries to achieve it’s aims by comparing measures of identity of locals and immigrants who display activist types of nature and/or culture conservation behavior, within and between the three islands. Broader contextual influences such as local history, governance, population composition, migration rates will be taken into account. Ultimately the project should serve to understand the underlying motives of the various actors that act in favor of the environment and culture, and to help develop policies that stimulate the wider public to engage in similar types of behavior.

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