ESSB research on impact coronavirus

Kristel Segeren

The outbreak of COVID-19 has motivated researchers at the ESSB to investigate the effects and consequences of the coronavirus and the announced measures on people and society. The list below shows a broad range of (interdisciplinary) research that has been initiated since the outbreak of the crisis

This overview is sorted from new to old.

Contact: Marjolein Kooistra and Britt Boeddha, communication ESSB

Research on the social effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the (intended) mitigating measures

Financed by ZonMW

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Jurian Edelenbos & Prof. Dr. Frank van Oort

Research on the impact of COVID-19 on children and adolescents with autism

Financed by ZonMW

Contact persons: Dr. Linda Dekker & Dr. Ruth Van der Hallen

Social impact of COVID-19 followed through time

Financed by ZonMW

Contact persons: prof. dr. Godfried Engbersen & dr. Erik Snel

The social impact of COVID-19 in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam & the Netherlands

Financed by ZonMW

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Godfried Engbersen & Dr. Marianne Bochove

Research into the effects of Covid-19 on visits to general practitioners in deprived neighbourhoods

Financed by ZonMW

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Semiha Denktas & Dr. Paul Kocken 

Social dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic

Financed by ZonMW

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Godfried Engbersen & Dr. Marianne Bochove

Implications of pandemic for the lives of people all over the world

Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Pearl Dykstra

Impact of COVID-19 on children depends on family context and character traits

Contacts: Dr. Brian Godor & Dr. Ruth van der Hallen

Mental health of students during COVID-19 crisis

Contact person: Prof dr. Matthias Wieser 

Coping, resilience and posttraumatic growth related to COVID-19

Contact person: Dr. Ruth van der Hallen

The effect of the coronacrisis response measures on institutional trust

Financed by NWO

Contact person: Dr. Joost Oude Groeniger

The project investigates how people acquire, comprehend, and use information related to COVID-19

Financed by NWO

Contact person: Prof.dr. Rolf Zwaan

The social impact of COVID-19 on Rotterdam and the Netherlands

Research by Kenniswerkplaats Leefbare Wijken and RISBO

Contact persons: Prof.dr. Godfried Engbersen & Dr. Marianne van Bochove

Fight or flight? When does economic threat due to COVID-19 spark protective organizational efforts?

Contact person: Tom Junker

International study on the relationship between personality traits, risk perception of COVID-19 and compliance with COVID-19 measures

Contact persons: Prof. dr. Ingmar Franken & Annelot Wismans MSc 

COVID-19 International Collaboration on Social & Moral Psychology

Contact person: Prof. dr. Rolf Zwaan

Daily self-regulation strategies to keep up job performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact person: Prof. dr. Arnold Bakker

Family counseling in times of COVID-19: What contributes to an effective transition to online services?

Contact person: Dr. Joyce Weeland

Family functioning during coronacrisis

Contact persons: Prof. dr. Renske KeizerDr. Katrien Helmerhorst

Optimizing quantitative information about COVID-19

Contact persons: Dr. Oliver Lindemann Prof. dr. Rolf Zwaan


Contact persons: Dr. Fiona-Katharina Seiger & Dr. Rebecca Moody

Cognitive resources in times of corona

Contact person: Dr. Marta Andreatta

Nudging – social distancing

Contact person: Robert Weijers MSc

Nudging educational behavior

Contact person: Robert Weijers MSc

Wellbeing, self-oriented and prosocial behaviour among EUR students during the pandemic COVID-19 crisis

Contact person: Prof. dr. Eveline Crone

Urban Wellbeing: Wellbeing, prosocial behaviour, and media use among the youth of Rotterdam during the pandemic COVID-19 crisis

Contact person: Prof. dr. Eveline Crone

Moral decision making with respect to corona interventions.

Contact person: Dr. Steven Verheyen

Impact of coronavirus crisis on educational perspectives – with and without an ESD intervention

Contact person: Dr. Virginie Servant-Miklos

Managing a Just Transition out of the COVID-19 crisis

Financed by NWO

Contact person: Prof. dr. Darren McCauley

The impact of COVID-19 on the way civil servants work

Contact person: Joëlle van der Meer

Rotterdam Impactstudy COVID-19

Contact persons: Prof. dr. Jurian Edelenbos & Dr. Jan Fransen

Self-nudging to foster employee physical activity while working from home

Financed by NWO

Contact persons: Prof. dr. Arnold Bakker & Dr. Juriena de Vries

How do community initiatives fight rising inequality due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Contact persons: Dr. Alexander Los, Dr. Jan Fransen and Prof. dr. Jurian Edelenbos

Sense of belonging in higher education in times of COVID-19

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Contact person: Dr. Marieke Meeuwisse

Implications of the corona crisis for primary education in Rotterdam

Research by Kenniswerkplaats Rotterdams Talent

Contact person: drs. Tom Tudjman

Societal Coalitions in Times of Corona Rotterdam

Contact person: Dr. ir. Beitske Boonstra

Work Disruptions and Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Comparing Stressors for Employees Conducting Essential and Nonessential Work

Contact persons: Dr. Ward van Zoonen & Prof. dr. Claartje ter Hoeven