Bakker, M.H. (Marije) MSc


PhD Student
Marije H. Bakker

Presence: Mo. / Tu. / Wed. / Thu. / Fr.
Building: Cubicus, room C236
Telephone: +31 (0)53 – 489 6648
Secretary: +31 (0)53 – 489 5279 (room C243a)
E-mail: m.h.bakker@utwente.nl
Personal website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marije-bakker-47243549/


March 2012 I graduated cum laude for my master’s degree in Psychology (specialization Conflict, Risk and Safety) at the University of Twente. My master thesis was focused on how holiday-makers can increase their self-reliance, in the case of an uncontrollable wildfire. This research was conducted in collaboration with the Veiligheidsregio Noord- en Oost-Gelderland. Since September 2012, I am a PhD student at the department of Psychology of Conflict Risk and Safety and my project focuses on the effects of risk communication, crisis communication, and information from peers on behavior during a crisis situation.


  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master theses 201000150/201000153
  • Supervision of Research Assignments (bachelor) 201400295
  • Guest lecturer Bachelor Module: Psychology of Safety 201400122


During my PhD-project I will examine the effects of risk and crisis communication on behavior during a crisis situation. A central goal of crisis communication is to advice citizens on the best course of action in a crisis situation. In addition, prior knowledge, as for example gained through risk communication or narratives from peers, may affect actual behavior as well. In our studies we use a virtual environment. An important advantage of using a virtual environment is that the scenario is completely scripted which allows us to measure and compare several behaviors in a more controlled way.

The PhD-project is supervised by Prof. dr. Ellen Giebels and Prof. dr. José Kerstholt (TNO/UT). Funding by TNO


Bakker, M.H., Kerstholt, J.H., & Giebels, E. (In press). Deciding to help: effects of risk and crisis communication. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management.