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Professor Rhiannon Turner is a social psychologist with a specific focus on intergroup relations, prejudice, and prejudice-reduction. She got her first degree in Psychology from Cardiff University in 2000, before receiving a Masters in Social and Applied Psychology from the University of Kent in 2002. She was awarded a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2006, before taking up an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Leeds in February 2007, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2010. She was appointed as Chair in Social Psychology at Queen's in September 2012. She is currently Director of Research for the School of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations.

Research Interests

Rhiannon's research looks at which forms of intergroup contact best reduce prejudice, how and why they do so, and what consequences they have for intergroup relations. Specifically, she studies predicotr and outcomes of different forms of intergroup contact in reducing prejudice, including cross-group friendship (e.g., Turner & Cameron, 2016; Turner & Feddes, 2011; Turner et al., 2013), extended contact (e.g., Turner, Hewstone, Voci, & Vonofakou, 2008; West & Turner, 2014), imagined contact (e.g., Crisp & Turner, 2012; Turner, West, & Levita, 2015), and online contact (Austin & Turner, 2018/ White, Turner, Verrelli, Harvey, & Hanna, 2018). She is also interested in the role of personality (Turner, Dhont et al., 2014; Vezzali, Turner, Capozza, & Trifilleti, 2017; Choma, Jagavat, Hodson, & Turner, 2017), and nostalgia in the study of intergroup relations (Turner, Wildschut, Sedikides & Gheorghiu, 2013, Turner, Wildschut, & Sedikides, 2018), the impact of contact beyond improved intergroup relations (Meleady, Crisp, Hopthrow, & Turner, 2019), and perceptions of cross-group romantic relationships (Paterson, Turner, & Conner, 2015; Paterson, Turner & Hodson, 2019).

She is currently involved in six funded projects: an ERC MSCA project looking at VR contact (2019-2021), an EPSRC project on changing perceptions of Gender Equality Initiatives (2019-2020), a AHRC GCRF Development Award (2019) to examine Shared Education internationally (2019), an evaluation of the CASE Shared Education project for the Education Authority NI (2019-2022), an ESRC project on using Deliberative Democracy techniques to examine reactions to Brexit and the UK-Ireland border (2017-2019), and an SEUPB project evaluating the impact of the PEACE IV programme on young people (2017-2022). She has previously received funding from the ESRC, ESRC GCRF Network Fund, AHRC GCRF Global Impact Accelerator Fund, NIHR, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy.

Rhiannon is a past recipient of the BPS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology (2007), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Robert B. Cialdini Award for excellence in field research (2008), and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize (2011). She will deliver the British Academy - British Psychological Society Annual Lecture at the Royal Society in London in September 2019. From 2019-2022 she is editor-in-chief of the European Review of Social Psychology. She is also associate editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the European Journal of Social Psychology.


Rhiannon teachers Body Language and Deception for PSY1010 The Psychology of Everyday Life, and PSY3121 The Psychology of Intergroup Relations: Theory and Applications, as well as supervising a number of students for their Undergraduate and Masters' Research Thesis.

She has supervised 8 doctoral students to completion, Dr Jenny Paterson, Dr Rebecca Graber, Dr Marta Santillo, Dr Clodagh Sullivan, Dr Karolina Urbanska, Dr Thia Sagherian-Dickey, Dr Aline Muff, Dr Deborah Kinghan, and Jamie Pow. She currently co-supervises 5 doctoral students: Treasa O'Brien (with Dr David McCormack), Tayler Truhan (with Dr Kostas Papageorgiou), John Shayegh (with Professor John Barry and Dr Lesley Storey), Amy Jones (with Dr Ioana Latu), and Stephanie McAlinden (with Dr Teresa Rushe and Dr Lesley Storey).

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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2005 2019

A Longitudinal test of the bidirectional relationships between intergroup contact, prejudice, dispositional empathy, and social dominance orientation

Trifiletti, E., Cocco, V., Pecini, C., Di Bernardo, G. A., Cadamuro, A., Vezzali, L. & Turner, R. N., 20 Jul 2019, (Accepted) In : Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology. 26, 3, 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

friendship group
Open Access
Social Justice

Barriers to gender diversity policies in STEM: The role of intergroup threat

Latu, I. M., Jones, A. & Turner, R., 08 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

youth worker
youth work
social geography


social psychology

Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Contributions to Psychology

Rhiannon Turner (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize

Rhiannon Turner (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

multicultural diversity
honors and awards

Activities 2006 2019

European review of social psychology (Journal)

Rhiannon Turner (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Promoting confidence in intergroup contact. The Joint British Academy - British Psychological Society Annual Lecture. The Royal Society, London (2019)

Rhiannon Turner (Invited speaker)
30 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Sarajevo School of Science and Technology

Rhiannon Turner (Organiser)
Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

Kristof Dhont

Rhiannon Turner (Host)
Feb 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Tel Aviv University

Rhiannon Turner (Advisor)
May 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

Press / Media

The Six Most Interesting Psychology Papers of 2015

Rhiannon Turner


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Applying Theory-Based Interventions to Encourage Successful Intergroup Contact Through Shared Education Programme in Northern Ireland

Author: Kinghan, D., 2019

Supervisor: Turner, R. (Supervisor), Hughes, J. (Supervisor) & McKeown, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Beyond Procedural Justice: Responding to intergroup-level authority decisions

Author: Urbanska, K., Aug 2017

Supervisor: Pehrson, S. (Supervisor), Turner, R. (Supervisor) & Taylor, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Mini-Publics and the Maxi-Public: Investigating the Perceived Legitimacy of Citizens’ Assemblies in a Deeply Divided Place

Author: Pow, J. T., 2019

Supervisor: Garry, J. (Supervisor) & Turner, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy