Donor Behaviour


Why do people donate blood, plasma or other human substances? Within our group we try to shed light on this intriguing question. Donating substances of human origin, a very specific type of pro-social behaviour, is a complex and dynamic act determined by individual and social characteristics. Departing from theories about pro-social behaviour including altruism we examine determinants of becoming and remaining a donor. Thereby, we include, psychological, social and biological donor characteristics as well as donor networks and geographical and cultural context.


  • 2018 ERC starting grant (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • 2017 CHAFEA (European programme – Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency Grant)
  • 2016 Sanquin/VU University Collaborative Research Grant
  • Several NWO Grants (Netherlands Research council)
  • PPOC (internal funding in competition) various projects


Our research