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Joost Leunissen

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

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Dr Joost Leunissen is a Lecturer in Psychology. He teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Psychology. His teaching mainly focusses on social psychology and research methods, but also includes tutorials, undergraduate research projects, and postgraduate research projects.

Career overview


  • Leiden University (The Netherlands): BSc in Psychology (2007), Doctoral in Public Administration (2008), M.Phil in Social and Organizational Psychology (2009; Cum Laude).
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands): PhD (thesis title: All Apologies: On the Willingness of Perpetrators to Apologize).


Nottingham Trent University (2016 – current)

  • Lecturer in Psychology

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI), University of Southampton, UK (2014 – 2016)

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands (2009 - 2013)

  • PhD candidate

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Research areas

Dr Joost Leunissen is an experimental social psychologist. His research currently focusses on three domains. First, he studies interpersonal reconciliation. He is interested in the factors that predict perpetrator's willingness to apologize and offer financial compensation to those they have wronged. Related to this, he is also interested in the factors that influence a victim's willingness to forgive. His second research interest is in the emotion nostalgia.  He is interested in the intra- and interpersonal psychological effects of nostalgia, both in private and work contexts. Finally, he is interested in the personality trait narcissism. His research on narcissism focusses on the interpersonal effects of narcissism, such as reconciliation and persuasiveness.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Prof Constantine Sedikides (University of Southampton)
  • Dr Tim Wildschut (University of Southampton)
  • Professor Marius van Dijke (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Professor David de Cremer (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Pieter Desmet (Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Dr Chris Reinders Folmer (Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Dr Taya Cohen (Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Dr Barbara Nevicka (University of Amsterdam)
  • Professor Mark van Vugt (Free University Amsterdam) Dr Hannes Rusch (Free University Amsterdam)