PhD Studentship - Reducing Prejudice and Discrimination and Promoting Inclusion

University of Sheffield

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: Reducing prejudice and discrimination and promoting inclusion

Primary supervisor: Dr Chantelle Wood

Co-supervisor/s:  Dr Aarti Iyer

Project description: Finding effective ways to change attitudes and behaviour is an important focus of social psychology. Prejudice and discrimination against individuals based on their race, sexuality, gender etc., remains a large issue in the UK, and so it is important that we examine ways in which we can reduce prejudice, and bolster positive intergroup relations and behaviour. This PhD project could explore ways in which to increase the effectiveness of existing prejudice-reduction techniques (e.g. imagined contact) or behaviour change interventions (including those from other fields such as health behaviour change) or involve designing and testing new interventions to improve intergroup relations.

Relevant papers: Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2009). Can imagined interactions produce positive perceptions?: Reducing prejudice through simulated social contact. American Psychologist, 64(4), 231-240

Miles, E., & Crisp, R. J. (2014). A meta-analytic test of the imagined contact hypothesis. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 17(1), 3-26.

Start date: 1 October 2018

Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

Funding: Tuition fees £4,194 per year Living Expenses £14,500.00

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Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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