Prof. dr. Ilja van Beest obtained his PhD at Leiden University in 2001. He started his position as full professor of social psychology at Tilburg University in 2009. Van Beest primary research interests lie in the domain of group and interpersonal processes with a specific focus on coalition formation, conflict detection, ostracism, fairness, deception, trust, emotions and symptom attribution.
He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Social Influence. In addition, he is a member of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the European Association of Social Psychology, and the Kurt Lewin Institute. At the KLI institute he helps in the role of research director.
Van Beest has taught courses on social psychology, group dynamics, social influence, leadership, and interpersonal behavior.