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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
  • identity and stigma
  • the social construction and use of 'psychological knowledge'.


PhD students

  • Joanne Ahmed
  • Mona Al-Louzi
  • Husameddin Ates
  • Neus Beascoechea Seguí
  • Sharmistha Chaudhuri
  • Katharine Clifford
  • Jawaria Farooq
  • Kristin Hanson
  • Becky Kan
  • Ifigeneia Manitsa

Representative publications

  • Cohrs, J. C., & O'Dwyer, E. (2018). ‘In the minds of men...': Social representations of war and military intervention. In P. L. Hammack (ed.), The Oxford handbook of Social Psychology and social justice (pp. 331-350). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Colliver, B., Coyle, A., & Silvestri, M. (forthcoming). The online othering of transgender people in relation to ‘gender neutral toilets'. In K. Lumsden & E. Harmer (eds) Online Othering: Exploring violence and discrimination on the web. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 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.
  • Fernandez, E. F., & Coyle, A. (in press). Sensitive issues, complex categories, and sharing festivals: Malay Muslim students' perspectives on interfaith engagement in Malaysia. Political Psychology.
  • Hewer, C. J. (2018). Social memory and the collective past. In C. J. Hewer & E. Lyons (eds), Political psychology: A social psychological approach (pp. 207-230). Chichester: Wiley.
  • Hewer, C. J., & Lyons, E. (2018). Identity. In C. J. Hewer & E. Lyons (eds), Political psychology: A social psychological approach (pp. 93-113). Chichester: Wiley.
  • Hewer, C. J., & Lyons, E. (eds) (2018). Political Psychology: A social psychological approach. Chichester: Wiley.
  • 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. (2018). Foreign policy and identity. In C. J. Hewer & E. Lyons (eds), Political Psychology: A social psychological approach (pp. 189-206). Chichester: Wiley.
  • O'Dwyer, E., Lyons, E., & Cohrs, J. C. (2016). How Irish citizens negotiate foreign policy: A social representations approach to neutrality. Political Psychology, 37(2), 165-181. DOI: 10.1111/pops.12242
  • Prior, J., & Khadaroo, A. (2015). ‘I sort of balance it out': Living with facial acne in emerging adulthood. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(9), 1154-1165. DOI: 10.1177/1359105313509842
  • Roberts, R., Bećirević, E., Bećirević, M., & Hewer, C. J. (2015). Exploring attitudes to NATO in Republika Srpska. Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 5(4), 579-599. 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), 233-255. DOI: 10.1177/0959354313520087
  • Slater, R., & Coyle, A. (2017). Time, space, power, and the liminal transformation of the psychologised ‘self'. Theory & Psychology, 27(3), 369-388. DOI: 10.1177/0959354317703194
  • Whiteley, C., Coyle, A., & Gleeson, K. (2017). An idiographic analysis of women's accounts of living with mental health conditions in Haredi Jewish communities. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 20(3), 277-293. DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2017.1354820
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