Giebels, Prof.dr. E. (Ellen)

Ellen Giebels

Full Professor



Mo. / Tu. / Wed. / Thu. / Fr.



Cubicus, room B212b



+31 (0)53 – 489 5272

+31 (0)53 – 489 5279




+31 (0)53 – 489 2895



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My work focuses on a better understanding of high-stakes, real-world conflicts and how they might be resolved peacefully. Since 1996, I work with Dutch, other European and North American police forces, justice departments and the military on topics related to how to promote behavioral change, on intelligence gathering and deception detection, and on the psychology of victimization and conduct after capture. I am also interested in issues related to moral (dis)engagement, third-party conflict interventions and cultural differences in police-civilian interactions. In 2012, I received the Rubin Theory-to-practice-reward, co-sponsored by the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM) and the Harvard Program on Negotiation.



Management team (assistant to the dean (a.i.), Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences University of Twente


Head of department Psychology of Conflict, Risk & Safety, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences, University of Twente


Full professor Social Psychology of Conflict and Safety, Oratie


Associate Professor, University of Twente


Assistant Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Groningen


Behavioural Science Unit of the Federal Police, Brussels, Belgium


Postdoc (NWO) project on crisis negotiations


PhD project “negotiation in organizations” (public defence November 8th 1999, University of Groningen, NL)


Visiting research fellow (5 months) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia


Project manager at institute for post-academic courses, Utrecht (PAO)


MSc in Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Groningen, NL



•Module Psychology and Safety (B2)

•Forensic Psychology (Master track Conflict, Risk & Safety)


•Supervision of bachelor and Master Thesis

201000153 (Ma)


Cross-cultural differences in eliciting information

Researcher: Miriam Oostinga (started in 2013)

Funded by a US government grant

Early triage in conflict (started in 2012)

PhD student: Marian van Dijk

Supervision in collaboration with dr. Sven Zebel (University of Twente)

Funded by the Council for Legal Aid, Ministry of Justice

Self-help and citizen participation in the social safety domain (started in 2012)

PhD student: Marije Bakker

Supervision in collaboration with prof. dr. José Kerstholt (TNO/UT)

Funded by TNO

Prevent risk conflict escalation: the role of framing (started in 2012)

PhD student: Milou Kievik

Supervision in collaboration with dr. Jan Gutteling (University of Twente & European University of Cyrus)

Funded by a Saxion University of Applied Sciences Scholarship

Deception management: psychological processes and cognitive load during deceit (started in 2012)

PhD student: Sabine Ströfer

Supervision in collaboration with dr. Matthijs Noordzij & dr. Elze Ufkes (University of Twente) Partial funding by IGS, University of Twente

Military identity and its influence on behavior (started in 2009)

PhD student: Miriam de Graaff

Supervision in collaboration with prof. dr. Desiree Verweij (Dutch Defence Academy, Faculty of Military Sciences)

Funded by the Dutch Defense Academy, Faculty of Military, Leadership & Ethics program

The influence of the environment and CCTV on criminal behavior (started in 2009)

PhD student: Anja Jansen

Supervision in collaboration with dr. Thomas van Rompay (University of Twente) and prof. dr. Marianne Junger (University of Twente)

Partial funding by IGS, University of Twente

Interventions in Leadership concerning task-related and relational conflicts within teams (started in 2008)

PhD student: Moritz Römer (external)

Supervision in collaboration with dr. Sonja Rispens (Technical University of Eindhoven) and prof. dr. Martin Euwema (University of Leuven)


Associate editor Legal and Criminological Psychology

Editorial Board Negotiation and Conflict Management Research

Advisor Dutch National Police Agency

Full Member of the Kurt Lewin Institute, National research school for social psychology and its applications

Mentor in the UT Mentor-mentee network

Committee scientific integrity, University of Twente (2012-2014)

Central ombudsperson (confidential advisor), University of Twente (2009-2014)

Evaluation committee lectoraat Public Order Management of the Police Academy of the Netherlands, together with F. Bovenkerk, F. Paauw, & F. Bakker (2013).

Program committee European Net of Excellence SSPNet (Social Signal Processing

Network, Seventh Framework Program7) conference, Roma, October 29-31 2013.

Guidance committee for a project of the program Police & Science on Communication in kidnapping cases (2013).

Referee committee VSNU student Research Conference 2013

Chair WODC committee “veiligheidsrisico’s in de schietsport” (2012)

NWO Talent committee (2012)


Giebels, E., Ufkes, E.G., & Van Erp, K.J.M.P. (in press). Understanding high-stakes conflicts. In N. Ashkanasy, O.B., Ayoko & K.A. Jehn (Eds.), The Handbook of Research in Conflict Management, pp. XXXX. London: Edward Edgar Publishing.

Van Erp, K., Van der Zee, K.I., Giebels, E. & Van Duijn, M. A.J. (in press). Multicultural personality assessment of expatriate couples and the relationship with different types of adjustment. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. . Published online on July, 22, 2013. DOI:10.1080/1359432X.2013.816088

Beune, K. & Giebels, E. (2013). The management of protected witnesses: A behavioural perspective. Universiteit Twente. (Also available in Dutch)

Janssen, O. & Giebels, E. (2013). When and why creativity-related conflict can hurt creative individuals’ performance within work teams. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22, 574-587.

Wells, S., Taylor, P. J., & Giebels, E. (2013). Terrorism and crisis negotiations. In M. Olekalns, & W. Adair (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Negotiation, pp. XXX. London: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Giebels, E. & Taylor, P.J. (2012). Expanding the horizons of terrorism and political violence research. Introduction to the Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 5, 235-238.

Prentice, S., Taylor, P.J., Rayson, P., & Giebels, E. (2012). Differentiating act from ideology: evidence from messages supporting and denouncing violent extremism. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 5, 289-306.

Martini-Nieboer, H.A., Dolnik, A. & Giebels, E. (2012). Far and away: police negotiators and overseas deployment. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 5, 307-324.

Ufkes, E.G., Otten, S., Van der Zee, K.I., & Giebels, E., Dovidio, J. (2012). Urban district identity as a common ingroup identity: The different role of ingroup prototypically for minority and majority. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42 , 706-716.

Ufkes, E.G., Giebels, E., Otten, S., & Van der Zee, K.I. (2012). The effectiveness of a mediation program in symmetrical versus asymmetrical neighbor-to-neighbor conflicts. International Journal of Conflict Management, 23, 290-306. Best empirical conference paper. International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) 2012, Stellenbosch, SA.

Römer, M., Rispens, S., Giebels, E., & Euwema, M.C (2012). Detrimental consequences of conflict among colleagues: What role does the leader play? Negotiation Journal, 28, 253-277.

Ufkes, E.G., Otten, S., van der Zee, K.I., Giebels, E. (2012). Neighborhood conflicts: the role of social categorization. International Journal of Conflict Management, 23, 290 – 306.

Poortvliet, M. & Giebels, E. (2012). Self-improvement and cooperation: how exchange relationships promote mastery driven individuals’ job outcomes. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 21, 392-425.

Ufkes, E.G., Otten, S., Van der Zee, K.I., & Giebels, E. & Dovidio, J. (2012). The effect of stereotype content on intergroup emotions in conflicts. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 55-72.

Van Erp, K., Giebels, E., Van der Zee, K.I. & Van Duijn, M. A.J. (2011). Let it be: Expatriate couples’ adjustment and the upside of avoiding affective conflicts. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 21, 1-22.

Beune, K., Giebels, E., Adair, W., Fennis, B.M., & Van der Zee, K.I. (2011). Chatting with suspects. Strategic sequences and the importance of order and cultural fit. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38, 934-954.

Van Erp, K., Giebels, E., Van der Zee, K.I. & Van Duijn, M. A.J. (2011). Expatriate adjustment: The role of conflict and justice in intimate relationships. Personal Relationships, 18, 58-78.

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