dr. M. Nieuwenhuis (Marlon)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am currently employed as a postdoc at the University of Twente to conduct research on the professional identity development of STEM students during their school-work transitions.

I completed my PhD at Cardiff University (UK) in 2015 under supervision of Tony Manstead. In my PhD I investigated how students’ socio-economic background affects their higher education choices and their social and academic adjustment at university. From 2015 to 2018 I worked as a Research Fellow at Sussex University (UK) to conduct a RCT at 29 secondary schools to examine the impact of a self-affirmation intervention on exam grades in pupils from low socio-economic backgrounds.


Medicine & Life Sciences
Social Class
Social Identification
Social Sciences
Academic Achievement
Social Status
Tuition Fee


I am a social psychologist, who investigates how identity and identity change processes mediate the relationships between societal and educational contexts to well-being outcomes. In my research projects I focus on social identity and identity change in adolescents and young adults in education transitions. In addition, I examine how identity processes contribute to achievement gaps between social groups.


Easterbrook, M. J. , Nieuwenhuis, M., Fox, K. J., Harris, P. R., & Banerjee, R. (2022). ‘People like me don’t do well at school’: The roles of identity compatibility and school context in explaining the socioeconomic attainment gap. British journal of educational psychology, 92(3), 1178-1195. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12494
See, B. H., Morris, R., Gorard, S., Siddiqui, N., Easterbrook, M. J. , Nieuwenhuis, M., Fox, K., Harris, P. R., & Banerjee, R. (2022). A conceptual replication study of a self-affirmation intervention to improve the academic achievement of low-income pupils in England. Educational research and evaluation, 27(1-2), 83-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/13803611.2021.2022317
Hadden, I. R., Easterbrook, M. J. , Nieuwenhuis, M., Fox, K. J., & Dolan, P. (2020). Self-affirmation reduces the socioeconomic attainment gap in schools in England. British journal of educational psychology, 90(2), 517-536. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12291
Endedijk, M. , Nieuwenhuis, M., van Veelen, R., van Rees, M., Maas, B., van Hattum-Janssen, N., & Aarntzen, L. (2020). How to stimulate collaboration and performance of highly diverse student teams in engineering education? In J. van Veen, N. van Hattum-Janssen, H-M. Järvinen, T. de Laet, & I. ten Dam (Eds.), Engaging, Engineering, Education: Book of Abstracts, SEFI 48th Annual Conference University of Twente (online) (pp. 1442-1443). University of Twente.
Easterbrook, M. J., Hadden, I. R. , & Nieuwenhuis, M. (2019). Identities in context: How social class shapes inequalities in education. In J. Jetten, & K. Peters (Eds.), The Social Psychology of Inequality (pp. 103-121). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28856-3_7
Other Contributions


  • Nieuwenhuis, M., Manstead, A.S.R. & Easterbrook, M.J. (under review). Accounting for unequal access to higher education: The role of social identity factors.
  • Galvin, J., Nieuwenhuis, M., Phillips, B., Thain, L. & Kokkori, C. (2015). Students' perceptions of tuition fees: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 10(2), 1-15. doi:10.9734/BJESBS/2015/18981
  • Nieuwenhuis, M., Knight, C., Postmes, T. & Haslam, S. A. (2014). The relative benefits of green versus lean office space: Three field experiments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20(3), 199-214. doi: 10.1037/xap0000024 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264395358_The_Relative_Benefits_of_

Book Chapters

  • Easterbrook, M.J., Hadden, I. & Nieuwenhuis, M. (under review). Sociocultural factors and psychological processes underlying educational inequalities between social classes. In: J. Jetten, & K. Peters (Eds.) The Social Psychology of Inequality.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M., Postmes, T., & Bosveld, W. (2011). Afwijzing door ingroep en outgroep: De invloed van buurteffecten op identificatie en welbevinden In: B. Derks, R-J. Renes, K. Ruys, N. van der Ven, & M. Vliek (Eds.) Jaarboek sociale psychologie 2010 (pp. 265-274). Groningen: ASPO pers.

External research reports

  • Nieuwenhuis, M., & Postmes, T. (2012). De gezonde plant ingezet: Een onderzoek naar de invloed van planten op de werkvloer. Groningen: s.n.
  • Nieuwenhuis, M., & Postmes, T. (2011). Grensoverschrijdend gedrag onder Groningse studenten: Een onderzoek naar omvang, trends en verklarende factoren  Groningen: Instituut voor Sociale Weerbaarheid (ISW). https://www.rug.nl/about-us/news-and-events/news/archief2011/rapport-grensoverschrijdend-gedrag.pdf

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7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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