N.M.A. Huijts (Nicole)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Nicole Huijts is assistant professor in the domains of risk perception, environmental psychology and human-technology interaction. The focus of her research is on the public perception and acceptance of new technologies in the domains of energy, ICT and transport. Nicole has extensive experience with multi-disciplinary research and education, particularly bringing together the fields of psychology, engineering and ethics. Previous to working at the University of Twente, she worked at the Eindhoven and Delft Universities of Technology.


Medicine & Life Sciences
Computer Security
Social Sciences
Earth & Environmental Sciences


Nicole's work currently consists of four main research lines:

  1. Perceived privacy and security risks of smart home IoT
  2. Perceived fairness in the energy transition
  3. Emotions towards new technologies and risks
  4. Interrelated effects of socio-demographic, spatial and psychological variables on technology acceptance.

She has developed the often-cited Technology Acceptance Framework.

Nicole is currently president of the Benelux Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe and participates in the Utwente Energy Transition and Behavior group. She is also affiliated to the UU/TUe Fair Energy Transition Consortium and the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology.

Nicole reviews for various journals such as Energy Research and Social Science, Frontiers in Environmental Psychology, Energy Policy and Risk Analysis. 


Walterscheid, M. , Huijts, N., & van Sintemaartensdijk, I. (2024). Nudging purchase intention towards more secure domestic IoT: The effect of label features and psychological mechanisms. Computers in human behavior reports, 14, Article 100386. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chbr.2024.100386
Huijts, N., Haans, A., Budimir, S., Fontaine, J. R. J., Loukas, G., Bezemski, A., Oostveen, A.-M., Filippoupolitis, A., Ras, I., IJsselsteijn, W., & Roesch, E. B. (2023). User experiences with simulated cyber-physical attacks on smart home IoT. Personal and ubiquitous computing, 27, 2243-2266. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-023-01774-5
Bal, M., Stok, M., Bombaerts, G. , Huijts, N., Schneider, P., Spahn, A., & Buskens, V. (2023). A fairway to fairness: Toward a richer conceptualization of fairness perceptions for just energy transitions. Energy Research and Social Science, 103, Article 103213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2023.103213
Budimir, S., Fontaine, J. R. J. , Huijts, N. M. A., Haans, A., Loukas, G., & Roesch, E. B. (2021). Emotional reactions to cybersecurity breach situations: Scenario-based survey study. Journal of medical internet research, 23(5), Article e24879. https://doi.org/10.2196/24879
Alfano, M. , & Huijts, N. (2020). Trust in institutions and governance. In J. Simon (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Trust and Philosophy (pp. 256-270). Taylor & Francis. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315542294-20/

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I currently teach in the courses Psychology of Safety, Cognition and Development, Research Methods and Research Project, Risk and Leadership and supervise BSc and MSc theses. 

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (building no. 41), room C227
De Zul 10
7522NJ  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  C227
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands