PhD student

Katherina Alvarez

PhD student

E-mail: k.alvarezdurnov@vu.nl
Room: 1b-09

Research Interests

  • Seeking and receiving help
  • Poverty reduction strategies
  • Stigma
  • Social Inequality
In my PhD project, under the supervision of dr. Esther van Leeuwen and prof. dr. Mark van Vugt, I am investigating in laboratory experiments with Dutch students as participants and field studies with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Panamanians who live in extreme poverty, how the relationship between helper and recipient, type of help and subsequent helping determines when help is psychologically harmful or empowering to the recipient. We are currently conducting a field research with Panamanian Conditional Transfer recipients to test a helping forward strategy to reduce the psychological obstacles to receiving aid and empower welfare recipients.