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Social Psychology Section

Social Psychology Section

The Social Psychology Section is part of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is a non-profit-making educational and professional organisation for psychologists in the UK.

The Social Psychology Section was founded in 1953 and is now a thriving community of social psychologists.

As a section of the British Psychological Society (BPS), it receives financial support from the Society and it is represented on major BPS committees and at BPS conferences.

In the current socio-political context of education and research fundings cuts, where disciplines compete for the recognition of their societal and academic value, it is more important than ever that social psychology has a strong and distinctive voice

The Social Psychology Section aims to:

  • encourage and promote social psychological research
  • facilitate contact and communication between social psychologists
  • represent the interests of UK social psychologists within the British Psychological Society and more widely,
  • impact positively upon social psychology globally
  • support activities such as workshops and conferences
  • publish a referereed journal, the Social Psychological Review

The section is run by an elected committee. We always welcome any additional help from members.

Achieving our Aims

The Social Psychological section aims to meet the objectives through the following activities:

  • an Annual Social Psychology section conference
  • supporting seminars, workshops, and other conferences organised by members of the section
  • offering pump priming funds for such events
  • establishing awards for a recent PhD, Mid-Career, and Distinguised Contribution to Social Psychology
  • supporting policy relevant meetings with government and non-government organisations
  • responding to consultation documents and/or initiatives relevant to the development of social psychology; for example, the ESRC Psychology Bench marking Exercise and Nomination of REF Panel Members.


Membership is open to all British Psychological Society members, and costs only £15 per annum (£5 for postgraduate students).

The Section provides a range of member benefts and services, which include:

  • discounted registration for the Section's Annual Conference;
  • Social Psychological Review, the Section's peer-reviewed periodical, which is published twice a year;
  • free electronic access to back issues of Social Psychological Review via the Society's online shop;
  • 20% discount on purchases from the Cambridge University Press onlin store;
  • the opportunity to bid for research funding under the Section's pump-priming scheme;
  • alerting members to opportunities for contributing to policy consultation calls issued by the Central and Devolved UK Government Departments;
  • responding to consultation documents and/or initiatives relevant to the development of social psychology, such as the ESRC Psychology Benchmarking Exercise and Nomation of REF Panel Members.

How to join

Applications are made through the BPS. Please fill out an application form, or contact the Society, telephone 0116 254 9568. Forms and the annual membership fee (£15/£5) should be returned to:

The British Psychological Society
PO Box 87
Oakengates DO

Member Announcement list

You can also join our email list, by contacting Kirsty Budds or Sharon Coen with your BPS membership number and email address.


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