dr. E.M.J. Aarntzen (Lianne)

Postdoctoral researcher

About Me

Lianne Aarntzen works as a postdoctoral researcher at the department Educational Science. The main goal of her research is to shed light on how men and women’s experiences and choices are shaped by social, educational and organizational contexts.

Currently, her main research focus is on how to improve the transition from non-prototypical STEM-students (e.g., women) to the technical labor market. In particular, she examines how the educational and organizational context shapes the professional identity of STEM students. From 2015 to 2020, she worked as a PhD-student at Utrecht University and she initiated research on how gender stereotypes shape parents’ work-family guilt and their work-family choices.  


Business & Economics
Gender Roles
Social Sciences
Family Work
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Gender Role


Lianne is a social psychologist, interested in how social, educational, and organizational contexts shape identity, work-family experiences and work-family choices. Using diverse research methods, (e.g., diary studies, interviews, experiments), she explores questions such as how do daily interactions between supervisor and intern shape the professional identity and the career choices of the intern.

Her doctoral dissertation illustrated that because of gender stereotypes, mother experience more work-family guilt than fathers in identical work-family situations and that this guilt, in turn, straightjackets mothers in a traditional maternal role (e.g., wanting to work less paid hours, sacrificing their leisure time). 


Other Contributions

Aarntzen, L., Derks, B., van Steenbergen, E., Ryan, M., & van der Lippe, T. (2019). Work-family guilt as a straightjacket. An interview and diary study on consequences of mothers' work-family guilt. Journal of Vocational Behavior115, 103336. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2019.103336

Aarntzen, L., van der Lippe, T., van Steenbergen, E., & Derks, B. (2020). How individual gender role beliefs, organizational gender norms, and national gender norms predict parents’ work-Family guilt in Europe. Community, Work & Family, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2020.1816901 



Affiliated Study Programmes


Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands