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Nicole Huijts is a researcher 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.

Nicole has an MSc degree with honorable mention in Technology and Society from the Eindhoven University of Technology and a PhD degree from the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of the Delft University of Technology. She has also been a four months exchange student at the department of Engineering and Public Policy of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, and a one year scholar at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious studies of the Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Research interests

Nicole's work currently consists of four main research lines:
1. Perceived/experienced 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 psychological, socio-demographic and spatial variables on technology acceptance

She has developed the often-cited Technology Acceptance Framework.

She is a member of the board of the Benelux Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis-Europe and participates in the Fair Energy Transition Consortium, and reviews for journals such as Energy Research and Social Science, Frontiers in Psychology, and Energy Policy. 

Projects

Past projects that she participated in as postdoc researcher are: 

1. Emotion Psychology Meets Cyber-security (at TU Eindhoven), 

2. Developing Socially Responsible Innovations: The role of Values and Moral Emotions (at TU Delft). She was also a co-applicant of this project.

3. Moral Emotions and Risk Politics (at TU Delft).

Teaching

Nicole Huijts teaches in the courses: 

  • Psychology of Safety
  • BSc thesis
  • Msc thesis

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