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Who gives life? Understanding, explaining and predicting donor behaviour

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Project "DONORS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DE BOELELAAN 1105
postcode: 1081 HV

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙252˙720 €
 EC max contribution 1˙252˙720 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-02-01   to  2024-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    STICHTING VU NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙252˙720.00


 Project objective

Background: Why do individuals repeatedly help strangers even when this incurs personal costs? Current evidence on prosocial behaviour is contradictory, scattered across disciplines, restricted to one-country studies, not taking into account contextual influences, and fails to capture its dynamic nature. An integrated model is needed to increase understanding of prosociality as a societal core value.

Aim: To break with monodisciplinary approaches, and grasp the dynamic and contextual nature of prosocial behaviour, I propose a life course model to link individual determinants, social network characteristics and societal contexts. I will test the model in the case of blood donation, as example of real world prosociality where a stranger is helped at a donor’s personal costs.

Approach: DONORS comprises three interlinked work packages. 1) Dynamic interplay among individual and network determinants of donor behaviour over the life course. 2) Genetic determinants of prosociality. 3) Contextual variation in donor behaviour. To validate my model, I use six unique, complementary datasets, including prospective, retrospective, country-comparative survey, genetic and registry data.

Innovation: 1) A multidisciplinary view —including demography, sociology, psychology— within a dynamic life course approach to enhance theory building. 2) A multi-method design, linking sociological survey with objective health-registry data and combining psychosocial with genetic data. 3) Using country-comparisons to account for the societal contexts in which donor behaviour occurs.

Impact: DONORS will inspire a new era of multidisciplinary research on prosocial behaviour. With backgrounds in Medicine, Social Sciences and Psychology, years of experience in science and practice and high-level, award-winning international publications, I am uniquely suited to combine insights from social and health sciences to set the stage for a comprehensive, innovative scientific view on donor behaviour.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Tjeerd W. Piersma, Eva‐Maria Merz, René Bekkers, Wim de Kort, Steffen Andersen, Henrik Hjalgrim, Klaus Rostgaard, Kaspar René Nielsen, Henrik Ullum
Life events and donor lapse among blood donors in Denmark
published pages: , ISSN: 0042-9007, DOI: 10.1111/vox.12842
Vox Sanguinis 2019-11-22
2019 Barbara Masser, Eamonn Ferguson, Eva-Maria Merz, Lisa Williams
Beyond Description: The Predictive Role of Affect, Memory, and Context in the Decision to Donate or Not Donate Blood
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 1660-3796, DOI: 10.1159/000501917
Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy 2019-10-30
2019 Marloes L.C. Spekman, Theo G. Tilburg, Eva‐Maria Merz
Do deferred donors continue their donations? A large‐scale register study on whole blood donor return in the Netherlands
published pages: , ISSN: 0041-1132, DOI: 10.1111/trf.15551
Transfusion 2019-10-30

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