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Social Psychology Section

The Social Psychology Section was founded in 1953 and is now a thriving community of social psychologists. 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
  • impact positively upon social psychology globally
  • publish a referereed publication, the Social Psychological Review
  • represent the interests of UK social psychologists within the British Psychological Society and more widely,
  • support activities such as workshops and conferences

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
  • establishing awards for a recent PhD, Mid-Career and Distinguised Contribution to Social Psychology
  • offering pump priming funds for such events
  • 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
  • supporting policy relevant meetings with government and non-government organisations
  • supporting seminars, workshops, and other conferences organised by members of the section
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