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Social Psychology research group

About us

The Social Psychology Research Group has a shared focus on social and political issues, understood primarily in terms of identity, intergroup relations and ideology, and explored mostly through the use of qualitative methods.

This focus is expressed in various ways in group members' specific research interests. These include:

  • relations between individuals, groups and the state, including national identities
  • trust in political institutions and political participation
  • concepts of citizenship and the ways in which these are used
  • social inclusion, exclusion and inequality
  • social representations of peace and conflict
  • social and collective memory, particularly in maintaining intergroup conflict and understanding the aftermath of conflict across generations
  • how religious groups understand and relate to each other and to broader social issues
  • the social construction and use of 'psychological knowledge'.


PhD students

  • Emmanouil Antoniadis
  • Husameddin Ates
  • Sharmistha Chaudhuri
  • Neus Beascoechea Seguí
  • Meghan Rolfe

Representative publications

  • Coyle, A., & Murtagh, N. (2014). Qualitative approaches to research using Identity Process Theory. In R. Jaspal & G. M. Breakwell (Eds), Identity Process Theory: Identity, social action and social change (pp.41-64). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Dewe, M., Ogden, J., & Coyle. A. (2015). The cigarette box as an advertising vehicle in the United Kingdom: A case for plain packaging. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(7), 954-962, DOI: 10.1177/1359105313504236
  • Hewer, C. J. (2013). The Falkland/Malvinas dispute: A contemporary battle between history and memory. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 3(1), 144-150, DOI: 10.1080/23269995.2013.804766
  • Hewer, C. J., & Vitija, S. (2013). Identity after Kosovo's independence: Narratives from within the Kosovar-Albanian diaspora. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 19(5), 621-636, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2013.828686
  • Jaspal, R., & Coyle, A. (2014). Threat, victimhood, and peace: Debating the 2011 Palestinian UN state membership bid. Digest of Middle East Studies, 23(1), 190-214, DOI: 10.1111/dome.12041
  • McNeill, A., Lyons, E., & Pehrson, S. (2014). Reconstructing apology: David Cameron's Bloody Sunday apology in the press. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(4), 656-674, DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12053
  • O'Dwyer, E.Lyons, E., & Cohrs, J. C. (in press). How Irish citizens negotiate foreign policy: A social representations approach to neutrality. Political Psychology, DOI: 10.1111/pops.12242
  • Roberts, R., & Hewer, C. J. (2015). Memory, 'madness' and conflict: A Laingian perspective. Memory Studies, 8(2), 169-182, DOI: 10.1177/1750698014547293
  • Roberts, R., Be?irevi?, E., Be?irevi?, M., & Hewer, C. J. (2015). Exploring attitudes to NATO in Republika Srpska. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought. DOI: 10.1080/23269995.2015.1070465
  • Slater, R., & Coyle, A. (2014). The governing of the self/the self-governing self: Multi-rater/source feedback and practices 1940-2011. Theory & Psychology, 24(2), 233-255DOI: 10.1177/0959354313520087
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