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    I am a social psychologist with a specific focus on intergroup relations, prejudice, and prejudice-reduction. I got my 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. I was awarded a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2006, before taking up an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Birmingham. I 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. I took up my current post in September 2012. I am Director of Research for the School of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations.

    Research Interests

    My 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, I study the effect of several different forms of intergroup contact in reducing prejudice, including cross-group friendship (e.g., Turner & Cameron, 2016; Turner & Feddes, 2011; Turner, Tam et al., 2014), extended contact (e.g., West & Turner, 2014; Paterson, Turner, & Conner, 2015), imagined contact (Crisp & Turner, 2012; Turner & West, 2012), and e-contact (White, Turner, Verrelli, Harvey, & Hanna, 2018). I am 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).

    I am currently involved in five funded projects: an EPSRC project on changing perceptions of Gender Equality Initiatives (2019-2020), a GCRF Global Impact Accelerator Award (2018-2019) to examine the potential for Shared Education in Kosovo, 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 a SEUPB project evaluating the impact of the PEACE IV programme on young people (2017-2022). I have previously received funding from the ESRC, ESRC GCRF Network Fund, NIHR, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy.

    I am 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). From 2019-2021 I am editor-in-chief of the European Review of Social Psychology. I am also associate editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, and am on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the European Journal of Social Psychology.


    I teach Body Language and Deception for PSY1003 The Psychology of Everyday Life, and PSY3097 The Psychology of Intergroup Relations: Theory and Applications, as well as supervising a number of students for their Undergraduate Research Thesis.

    I have 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, and Dr Aline Muff. I currently co-supervise 5 PhD students: Tayler Truhan (with Dr Kostas Papageorgiou), John Shayegh (with Professor John Barry and Dr Lesley Storey), Amy Jones (with Dr Ioana Latu), Stephanie McAlinden (with Dr Teresa Rushe and Dr Lesley Storey), and Jamie Pow (with Professor John Garry in the School of Politics).

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