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I believe science can change the world – in the way we interact in everyday life but also on a large scale. I am a trained psychologist and identify as a Peace Psychologist. Integrating psychological science in international and intergroup relations discourse and policy and using it to explain, predict and reduce Social Inequality and Social Conflicts is the goal of my research. 


Dr. Nadine Knab

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Social-Peace Psychologist


I am interested in how psychology can be used to address global issues. More specifically, I investigate psychological factors that influence intergroup relations and intergroup conflict. I am convinced that the connection of theory and empirical work makes psychology an especially strong candidate to address social conflicts. 

The core of my academic journey is to integrate psychological science in international relations discourse and policy. 

  • Psychology and international relations

  • Helping behavior and solidarity-based collective action

  • Interventions to transform/prevent social conflict

  • Gender relations and diversity 

Research Interests

Knab, N., & Steffens, M. C. (2022). "Why do you think Christmas will never ever be celebrated again?" A paradoxical thinking intervention's potential to affect conflict-related concerns, willingness to compromise and openness towards refugees. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Knab, N., & Steffens, M. C. (2021). Emotions for solidarity: The relations of moral outrage and sympathy with hierarchy-challenging and prosocial hierarchy-maintaining action intentions in support of refugees. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. Advance online publication.

Knab, N.*, Winter, K.*, & Steffens, M.C. (2021). Flexing the extremes: Increasing cognitive flexibility with a paradoxical leading questions intervention. * shared first-authorship. Social Cognition. 


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