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“It’s a good idea to use hard data for soft questions”

Research profile

Chris Snijders is a Full Professor and Chair of Sociology of Technology and Innovation at Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests include:
    Experts, expertise, model-based decision-making and decision support: computer models outperform human experts in a large number of tasks - even tasks that considered the typical domain of human experts. Why is that? Why is the actual use of computer models for prediction purposes nevertheless limited?

    Our life online: how does interaction in virtual worlds (on the internet) affect the conditions under which people interact? How do people deal with these conditions? How can we use these conditions to our benefit? For instance, can we use the traces that student leave online to better understand their learning process and further improve learning materials? 

    Models in the social sciences: using formal models (game theoretical, statistical, or otherwise), on topics that - at first sight - seem hard to approach. 

    Recommending, persuasion, and nudging: How can we design technology to help people make better choices, such as helping people to conserve energy, or helping them to convince themselves to install adequate prevention measures in their homes?

    Social networks: how do the connections between people or firms affect their behavior? Under which conditions can we get innovation going?

    Trust and cooperation: what are the reasons for trustful and trustworthy behavior?   

    Decision making and choice under uncertainty: people are notoriously weird when it comes to decision making under circumstances that involve probabilities. Luckily, there is some consistency in the way in which people are weird.

Academic background

Chris Snijders received his MSc from Utrecht University, Department of Mathematics, in 1991, with a specialization in game theory and a minor in econometrics and economics. He obtained his PhD (with honors) from Utrecht University, Department of Sociology, in 1996. He worked as a postdoc at Utrecht University until 1999 and was a KNAW-fellow in the university’s Department of Sociology until 2003. Besides head of the Human-Technology Interaction group, he is also Research Director of the School of Innovation Sciences. He also works at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in Den Bosch.

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Energy conservation Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Recommender systems Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
reputation Sociale wetenschappen
decision theory Sociale wetenschappen
data network Sociale wetenschappen
trustworthiness Sociale wetenschappen
energy saving Sociale wetenschappen
game theory Sociale wetenschappen

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Onderzoeksoutput 1999 2020

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Beyond “one-size-fits-all” platforms: Applying Campbell's paradigm to test personalized energy advice in the Netherlands

Starke, A. D., Willemsen, M. C. & Snijders, C. C. P., 1 jan 2020, In : Energy Research and Social Science. 59, 12 blz., 101311.

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energy saving
Energy conservation

Learning mobile money in social networks: comparing a rural and urban region in Uganda

Kiconco, R. I., Rooks, G. & Snijders, C., 1 feb 2020, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 103, blz. 214-225 12 blz.

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Social Support
Developing countries
Developing Countries

Aberrant personality tendencies and academic success throughout engineering education

Bipp, T., Kleingeld, A. & Snijders, C., 7 mei 2019, In : Journal of Personality. blz. 1-16 16 blz.

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Open Access
Reproducibility of Results
6 Citaties (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

How is service procurement different from goods procurement? Exploring ex ante costs and ex post problems in IT procurement

Wynstra, F., Rooks, G. & Snijders, C., 1 mrt 2018, In : Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. 24, 2, blz. 83-94 12 blz.

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Transaction cost economics

Personalizing a parenting app: parenting-style surveys beat behavioral reading-based models

Graus, M. P., Willemsen, M. C. & Snijders, C. C. P., 1 mei 2018, Joint Proceedings of the ACM IUI 2018 Workshops: Tokyo, Japan, March 11, 2018. Said, A. & Komatsu, T. (redactie)., 11 blz. (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; nr. 2068).

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Open Access
Application programs
Digital libraries

Activiteiten 2007 2007

  • 1 Aangemelde presentatie

International Conference on Rational Choice and Social Institutions, September 7, 2007, Zürich

Chris Snijders (Spreker)
7 sep 2007

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesAangemelde presentatieWetenschappelijk


Aangiftebereidheid van computercriminaliteit bij bedrijven

Auteur: Dijk, J., 31 aug 2011

Begeleider: Matzat, U. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Snijders, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Adapting a Group Music Recommender System (GMRS) to its session-based purpose

Auteur: Janissen, B., 30 sep 2019

Begeleider: Willemsen, M. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Snijders, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


A field investigation in the lithographic industry: do printing machine operators outperform a formula on predictions of throughput time for a set of print jobs?

Auteur: van den Bogaard, B., 30 jun 2010

Begeleider: Snijders, C. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Ham, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Albert Heijn beleef de service met ons mee!

Auteur: Dalm, W., 31 okt 2008

Begeleider: Willemsen, M. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Snijders, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Beslissen via het Internet: identificeren van consumenten gedragspatronen ter verbetering van een vergelijkingssite

Auteur: Kagchelland, S., 31 mei 2007

Begeleider: Willemsen, M. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Snijders, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master