Mr Husameddin Ates

Research project: Understanding Sunni-Shia conflict: A social representations approach


My research focuses on the lay understandings of the Sunni-Shia conflict in Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.  Being a matter of 14 centuries old dispute, Sunni and Shia grouping in Islam became a hot topic in the last decades due to the turmoil in the Middle East. This research looks at peoples' ways of conceptualizing the conflict by looking at their references to identities, collective memories, and differing positions. In this research, several interviews were conducted with participants from three different countries. And their accounts were analyzed with a qualitative thematic analysis. Two other studies are being planned to support the interview studies. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Understanding Sunni-Shia conflict: A social representations approach
  • Research supervisor: Dr Chris Hewer


I'm a researcher in the field of intergroup relations at the moment. I chose to focus on the conflict between groups and their analysis by using social psychological tools. During my MSc research, I focused on the impacts of Basic Human Values on organizational performance. I have experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. I have a BA degree in Business Administration from Middle East Technical University Turkey. I am willing to pursue my career as a researcher after finishing my Ph.D. research at Kingston University. 

Areas of research interest

  • Intergroup conflict
  • Social identity
  • Social Representations


  • BA in Business Administration, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • MSc in Organisational Psychology, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Funding or awards received

  • 2014-2018 PhD Scholarship, Turkish Ministry of Education


Ates, H., Agras, S. 2015. Investigating the Predictive Abilities of Schwartz's Ten Universal Values on Five Work Performance Outcome Behaviors. Social and Basic Sciences Research Review 1, 16-31

Conference papers

Ates, H. 2016. Understanding Sunni-Shia conflict in Turkey. BPS London and local counties Identity conference.