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Research Statement

My PhD research focuses on improving understanding of the psychological mechanisms underlying negative reactions towards increasing gender diversity in typically masculine domains such as STEM. Specifically, I developed and tested an intergroup threat model of resistance towards increasing gender diversity, in order to investigate: a) the role of realisitc and/or symbolic threats in driving men's resistance, b) whether there were any individual differences in the extent to which men displayed resistance towards gender diversity, and c) how men's resistance towards gender diversity could potentially be reduced. 

I am also currently working as a Research Fellow on the "Inclusion Really Does Matter: Improving Attitudes towards Gender Equality Initiatives among Engineering & Physical Sciences faculty" project team at QUB. The project aims to gather evidence on how GEIs should be designed & implemented to ensure they are well received by EPS academics, and use this evidence to develop & test a unique set of training resources to improve attitudes towards GEIs within academia.


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Research Interests

Intergroup Threat

Social Identity

Attitudes towards Diversity & Social Change

Gender Biases & Stereotypes

Female Leadership

Social & Political Attitudes 


Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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