The Social Psychology Section was founded in 1940 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.
The inaugural meeting was held on 06 April 1940 under the Chairmanship of Professor Morris Ginsberg. The foundation and initial meetings are listed in the first (1948) volume of the Quarterly Bulletin of The British Psychological Society and later volumes include reports from the section up until the point where the BPS started publishing its annual reports as a separate volume in 1955.
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
Mission statementShow content
To promote the development and understanding of Social Psychology in the UK via:
- an annual section scientific conference
- disseminating news and views about social psychology and social psychologists through the Section's publication: the Social Psychological Review
- encouraging and helping to support visits to the U.K. by distinguished overseas social psychologists
- encouraging postgraduate participation by postgraduate students through subsidies at Section Annual Conferences and other meetings of the Section
- fostering links with other sections
- other scientific meetings, research seminars and workshops as can be arranged
- participating in other appropriate BPS bodies which further the development of psychology in general and social psychology in particular
- Section-sponsored symposia at the BPS Annual conference