PhD Thesis defense – Tom Nijs

Tom Nijs defended his dissertation entitled ‘This place is ours: Collective psychological ownership and its social consequences’ at the Utrecht University Hall on April 22, 2022. In his dissertation, he concluded that collective psychological ownership has two faces. On the one hand, as ownership is accompanied by an exclusive right to determine what happens with what is owned, collective psychological ownership can lead to the exclusion of outsiders (such as immigrants). On the other hand, as ownership also comes with a responsibility to take care of what is owned, collective psychological ownership can lead to prosocial behaviour to invest into the territory.