Mrs Sharmistha Chaudhuri

Research project: Social Representations of radicalisation: How UK teachers perceive radicalisation and what factors influence their identification of vulnerable children.

Abstract

The UK Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015), introduced ‘Prevent-Duty', whereby school teachers are required to identify and report pupils vulnerable to radicalisation. This research, drawing on Social Representations Theory aims to investigate the social representation process of how 'radicalisation' is understood and focuses on UK school teachers' perception of radicalisation and what factors influence their judgement on identifying vulnerable children. It involves: (i)Thematic Analysis of interviews of school teachers and Prevent trainers; (ii)British Newspaper analysis of representation of radicalisation; (iii)Qualitative analysis of how school teachers accept or negotiate government directives like Prevent-Duty and (iv)Quantitative analysis of how teachers' risk perception, political ideology and concept of radicalisation can influence teachers' concept of radicalisation. It aims to establish that the process of identification is not as prescriptive as presented by the government but depends on many factors: how it is presented by government; media representation; individual political ideologies and levels of risk-perception.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Social Representations of radicalisation: How UK teachers perceive radicalisation and what factors influence their identification of vulnerable children.
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Emma O'Dwyer

Biography

I am a social psychologist and a researcher. I am interested in how social identities are formed, negotiated, and contested; the process of knowledge production of abstract concepts such as 'radicalization'; and how power relations shape knowledge. I have taught at Kingston University Psychology for 3 years.

During the pandemic, I have published two Covid-19 research which focused on the social representation of the pandemic by Brazilians and South-Asians living in the UK. I have presented papers at various conferences, e.g., Ph.D. seminars at Gothenburg University, Sweden (2019); ISPP annual conferences (2019 at Lisbon; 2020 and 2021 virtually); and various conferences at the BPS platform. I am BPS Committee Member (Wessex Branch) and actively participate in organizing various seminars and events. I have also reviewed articles for publication in peer review journals.

Areas of research interest

  • Social identity
  • Group identity
  • Concept of radicalisation
  • Prevent Duty
  • Concept of terrorism
  • Muslim identity
  • Immigration
  • Political ideology
  • Risk perception
  • Social representations

Qualifications

  • BSc in Psychology, The Open University, UK.
  • M.A. in Economics, Annamalai University, India.
  • BSc in Economics, Calcutta University, India.
  • Post graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India.
  • Diploma in Network Centric Computing, NIIT, India.

Publications

Hanson K, O'Dwyer E, Chaudhuri S, Silva Souza LG, Vandrevala T. (2021). Mitigating the identity and health threat of COVID-19: Perspectives of middle-class South Asians living in the UK. Journal of Health Psychology.  doi:10.1177/13591053211027626

Silva Souza, L.G;  O'Dwyer, E;  Coutinho, S. M. S;  Chaudhuri, S;  Rocha, L. L;  Pessanha de Souza; L (2021). Social Representations and Ideology: Theories of Common Sense About COVID-19 Among Middle-Class Brazilians and Their Ideological Implication. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 2021, Vol. 9(1), 105–122, https://doi.org/10.5964/jspp.6069

Chaudhuri, S. (2020). How to Identify Pupils Vulnerable to Radicalisation. Medium. https://polpsyispp.medium.com/how-to-identify-pupils-vulnerable-to-radicalisation-74caf422d921

Chaudhuri, S. (2019). The French Burkini Debate: Can Choice of Clothes Define Social Identity? Retrieved 29 November 2020, from https://arden.ac.uk/knowledge-base/subject-areas/psychology-sociology/french-burkini-debate-can-choice-clothes-define-social-identity.

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Article

Hanson, Kristin, O'Dwyer, Emma, Chaudhuri, Sharmistha, Silva Souza, Luiz Gustavo and Vandrevala, Tushna (2021) Mitigating the identity and health threat of COVID-19 : perspectives of middle-class South Asians living in the UK. Journal of Health Psychology, ISSN (print) 1359-1053 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hanson, Kristin, O'Dwyer, Emma, Chaudhuri, Sharmistha, Silva Souza, Luiz Gustavo and Vandrevala, Tushna (2021) Mitigating the identity and health threat of COVID-19 : perspectives of middle-class South Asians living in the UK. medRxiv, (Unpublished)

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Conference papers

  • BPS Social Psychology annual conference, 2021.
  • ISPP 2021 annual meeting, Montreal, Canada (Virtual)
  • ISPP 2020 annual meeting, Berlin, Germany (Accepted)
  • EASP 2020 Kraków, Poland (Cancelled).
  • ISA 2020 Porto Alegre, Brazil (Virtual)
  • ISPP 2019 Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Gothenburg University, Sweden.
  • University of Salford, Manchester 2017
  • Various conferences at Kingston University.