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Social Psychology Section

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.

About

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.

Contact us

Any queries regarding the Social Psychology Section should be sent to [email protected].

You can also follow us on Twitter at @socialpsychUK or on Facebook.

Our aims

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 statement

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

 

Previous events and presentations

2021

Social Psychology Conference 2021

Wednesday 25th August - Friday 27th August 2021

Location: Online 

Social psychology is a vast and diverse field full of research that offers important and unique perspectives on the social aspects of human and animal behaviour. Our 2021 conference will showcase the wide-ranging theories, methods and practices that our discipline has to offer. Embracing our theme of inclusivity, we will adopt a single-stream format that will maximise engagement and celebration of all things social psychology. 

We welcome papers, posters and symposia submissions from all areas of social psychology and are keen to represent the full breadth of topics and methods that social psychology comprises. We particularly encourage submissions from under-represented groups, scholars at risk and research projects that have a strong interdisciplinary angle.

Through our 2021 conference, we aim to not only showcase the very best of social psychological research through our keynotes and presentations but to also facilitate a culture where social psychologists across all career stages can learn from one another and develop exciting new collaborations. We therefore strongly encourage symposia submissions that bring together presenters from different career stages and that foreground the work of those earlier in their careers.

2020

Online (due to COVID-19)

2019

Park Inn by Radisson, York

2018

Keele University, Keele

2017

Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton

2016

Mercure Holland House, Cardiff

2015

Palace Hotel, Manchester (joint conference with the Developmental Psychology Section)

2014

Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury

2013

University of Exeter, Exeter

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Social Psychological Review

A collection of papers that make significant and original contributions to the field of social psychology.

Find out more about the Social Psychological Review

Latest articles - Social Psychological Review

  • Periodicals

Social psychology world tour: How I got here - Social Psychological Review

Volume: 26 Issue: 1

Author(s): Jodi Odgers

Social Psychology Section
  • Periodicals

‘Looking after the least fortunate in our society’; Shared membership, commonsense, and morality as resources for identification between politicians and voters - Social Psychological Review

Volume: 26 Issue: 1

Author(s): Penny Litchfield, Alex Hunt, Mirko Demasi, Bogdana Humă

Social Psychology Section
  • Periodicals

It is time to PIVOT! Redesigning a PhD amidst the Covid-19 pandemic - Social Psychological Review

Volume: 26 Issue: 1

Author(s): Meredith Schertzinger

Social Psychology Section
  • Periodicals

It’s never just a job - Social Psychological Review

Volume: 26 Issue: 1

Author(s): Trölenberg Anja

Social Psychology Section
  • Periodicals

Exploring sexting through a critical discursive and feminist perspective - Social Psychological Review

Volume: 26 Issue: 1

Author(s): Anastasia Rousaki

Social Psychology Section

Awards

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Psychology

Deadline: 26 May 2024

The award is given in recognition of a distinguished contribution to research in social psychology over the duration of one's career.

Typically, nominees will have had a sustained career in social psychology that has resulted in a body of scholarship that has led to a significant change in understanding of a social psychological phenomenon.

Recipients may be of any nationality but must currently be working in a UK institution at the time of nomination. The award is made bi-annually. 

Rules for bi-annual awards:

  • Nominations should be made by Section Members only; although, nominees do not need to be Section members.
  • The nominee must be working at a UK institution at the time of nomination.
  • Nominations should be accompanied by a brief supporting statement (approx. 500 words maximum) outlining the significance of the nominee's contribution.
  • Previous recipients of the award are not eligible for nomination and neither are self-nominators.
  • The award is made biannually (next award in 2024).
  • The Section Committee reserves the right not to make an award in any given year if it judges this to be appropriate.

The nominee will be judged on meeting the following:

  • Outstanding theoretical/empirical contributions;
  • Outstanding impact to the discipline;
  • Outstanding impact also shown outside the discipline (e.g., policy, welfare, the general public, school);
  • Citizenship within the discipline (e.g., mentoring, supervision, contributions to BPS etc.).

The Award winner

  • will be invited to the 2024 SPS Conference to receive an award trophy
  • will receive one day complimentary 2024 Conference registration, alongside UK travel expenses and one night accommodation

How to apply

All nominations must be made online.

Submit a nomination

Nominations will close at midnight on 26 May 2024.

Judging process

Awards will be judged by a panel within the Social Psychology Section Committee.

Early Career Award

Deadline: 13 May 2024

The award is given in recognition of outstanding research in social psychology by an early-career scholar and is determined by the submission of a single published paper where the nominee has led that piece of research (e.g., first author) and a supporting nomination statement.

Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

This award is made annually.

Criteria

  • Early Career is defined to scholars awarded their doctorate within 5 years of successful completion of the viva voce examination and any required corrections. We encourage nominations to reflect the diversity of social psychology including under-represented groups and will consider periods of leave (e.g., parental leave) in our consideration of eligibility.
  • Nominations should be accompanied by a supporting statement outlining the significance of the nominee's contribution to research and associated activity more broadly as well as in the submitted paper.. This may be from any individual who is able to comment on the contribution of the nominee, such as a supervisor, colleague, or External Examiner of their Ph.D. Self-nominations are also welcome. 
  • Nominators must themselves be Section members, although nominees do not need to be Section members (unless they are self-nominating).
  • Nominators should seek the consent of the nominee before nomination (if not a self-nomination)
  • Papers in press and published online in advance of final publication are counted as published for the purpose of the award (pre-prints will not be considered). The only criteria are that the work has been conducted during the PhD itself, or within 5 years of the nominee receiving their doctorate.
  • Previous recipients of the award are not eligible for nomination.
  • Recipients may be of any nationality but must have studied for their Ph.D or currently be working in a UK institution. 

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information:

Nominee (self-nominations are accepted):

  • Name (and Title)
  • Organisation/affiliation
  • BPS membership number (if applicable)
  • Contact email address

Nominator (if not a self-nomination):

  • Name (and Title)
  • Organisation/affiliation
  • BPS membership number (if applicable)

A supporting statement outlining the significance of the nominee's contribution to research more broadly as well as in the submitted paper.

The paper

This should be a typeset copy of the published paper (in PDF format).  If a typeset copy (i.e. the final published version or page proofs) is not available, then the nominee should include notification of the article's acceptance with the manuscript in a word or combined PDF file.

How to apply

Submit a nomination now

The extended award deadline is 17:00 on Monday 13 May 2024.

Judging process

The nominee will be judged based on the chosen paper and  a combination of the following additional criteria:

  • Outstanding theoretical/empirical contributions by the candidate (for career stage)
  •  Outstanding impact within the discipline (commensurate with career stage).
  • Outstanding impact shown outside the discipline (e.g., policy, welfare, the general public, school) (commensurate with  career stage)

Please note: nominees do not need to meet all criteria.

The award will be judged by the Section Committee. Committee members will declare any conflict of interests prior to participating in the decision making process and those with conflicts will be excluded from voting The Committee's decision is final.

The Section Committee reserves the right not to make an award in any given year if it judges this to be appropriate.

The Award winner

  • will receive a prize and be invited to the 2024 Section Conference to receive the prize
  • will receive one day complimentary registration, alongside UK travel expenses and one night accommodation for an in-person conference.

Mid-Career Award

Applications are currently closed

The award is given in recognition of outstanding research in social psychology by a mid-career scholar. Indicators of outstanding research might include: contribution to theory development, methodological innovation, and/or contribution to society (e.g., policy or practice).

Recipients may be of any nationality but must be working in a UK institution at the time of nomination. Mid-Career is defined loosely and might typically apply to scholars awarded their doctorate between 5 and 20 years ago. Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

The award is made bi-annually.

Rules for bi-annual awards

  • Nominations should be made by Section Members only; although, nominees do not need to be Section members. Section Members can submit recommendations to Committee Members to consider. 
  • Nominations should be accompanied by a brief supporting statement (approx. 500 words maximum) outlining the significance of the nominee's contribution.
  • Nominators should seek the consent of the nominee before nomination (if not a self-nomination)
  • Previous recipients of the award are not eligible for nomination.
  • The award is made biannually (next award 2023).
  • Recipients may be of any nationality but must have studied for their Ph.D or currently be working in a UK institution.
  • The Section Committee reserves the right not to make an award in any given year if it judges this to be appropriate.

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information:

Nominee (self-nominations are accepted):

  • Name (and Title)
  • Organisation/affiliation
  • BPS membership number (if applicable)
  • Contact email address
  • Nominator (if not a self-nomination)
  • Name (and Title)
  • Organisation/affiliation
  • BPS membership number (if applicable)

A supporting statement outlining the significance of the nominee's contribution to research more broadly

Judging process

The nominee will be judged on meeting the following:

  • Outstanding theoretical/empirical contributions by the candidate (for career stage)
  • Candidate having an outstanding impact to the discipline (commensurate with career stage).
  • Outstanding impact also is shown outside the discipline (e.g., policy, welfare, the general public, school) (commensurate with career stage)

The award will be judged by the Section Committee. Committee members must declare any conflict of interests prior to participating in the decision making process. Any committee members with conflicts will be excluded from voting.  The Committee's decision is final.

The Section Committee reserves the right not to make an award in any given year if it judges this to be appropriate.

How to apply

Submit a nomination here

The extended award deadline is 17:00 on Monday 19 June 2023.

The Award winner

  • will receive a prize and be invited to give a talk at the 2023 Section conference
  • will receive one day complimentary registration, alongside travel and one night accommodation

Current and Previous Award Winners

Distinguished Contribution Award

2022: Professor Steve Reicher

2020: Professor Sonia Livingstone

2018: Prof Constantine Sedikides

2016: Prof Rupert Brown

2014: Professor Catherine Campbell 

2012: Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell 

2010: Professor Michael Billig

Early Career Award (PhD Award)

2023: Dr Evangelos Ntontis

2022: Dr Anne Templeton

2021: Dr Paul Hanel

2020: Dr Julie Van de Vyver

2019: Dr Nils Reimer

2018: Dr Amanda Williams

2017: Non awarded

2016: Non awarded

2015: Non awarded

2014: Dr Shelley McKeown-Jones

2013: Dr Steve Kirkwood

2012: Dr Annelies Vredeveldt 

2011: Dr David Novelli

Mid-Career Award

2023: Dr Blerina Kellezi

2021: Prof Michelle Ryan

2019: Prof John Drury

2017: Dr Tim Wildschut

2015: Professor David De Cremer 

2013: Professor Richard Crisp 

2011: Professor Liz Stokoe

Pump-Priming and Dissemination Fund

The Social Psychology Section awards small grants for the purpose of pump priming and dissemination.

The aim of these grants is to enable Section members to conduct research studies or organise events that may lead to a larger research project or similar outcome, or the further dissemination of work already conducted.

Funds may be requested for the purposes of activities such as primary research activities (e.g., the payment of research assistances or participant remuneration), the development of a network of potential research collaborators, the organization of workshops, or the organization of public engagement events. Applicants are encouraged to seek matched funding wherever possible, although it is not a requirement that proposals include matched funding.

While there is no theme for this call, the committee will favour applications that prioritize global challenges and those that have an interdisciplinary dimension, alongside focusing on the current campaigns of the BPS.

Criteria

Applications must answer the following questions (each question is limited to 4,000 characters):

  1. Aims & objectives
  2. Anticipated outcomes (e.g. publications; further research proposals; presentations; 'impact')
  3. Costings (please be as detailed as possible)
  4. Timeframe (including proposed start and end dates)
  5. Work Planned (this section should include the details of the activities planned)

For events, applicants are free to decide whether to charge a delegate fee, or to use the funds to make the event free to delegates. A clear justification for this decision must be provided in the proposal.

If charging a fee, applicants should bear in mind that different fees can be charged for different grades of Section membership (e.g. full members; postgraduate members; non-members).

If costs are to be recovered through delegate fees, the Section would ordinarily expect to be reimbursed up to a maximum of the sum awarded.

Eligible costs include any costs associated with the project, with two major exceptions:

  1. The Section does not cover costs associated with academic staff time or replacement teaching costs.
  2. The Section does not cover institutional overheads.

Grant holders are expected to provide a report of around 1,000 words (suitable for publication in Social Psychological Review and on the Section's website), together with a final budgetary report, within three months of the end of the funding period.

Grant holders must be members of the British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section (although non-Section members can be co-applicants).

The maximum grant available under this scheme is £1000 per applicant, however, we anticipate most projects will be budgeted for £500 with a strong justification if applicants wish to request the full amount. For example, the application involves both research and dissemination activities. The duration of projects funded under the scheme is typically no longer than 12 months. Funds must be invoiced to the BPS by year end

Guidance for nominations

You will need the following information:

  1. Nominee name
  2. Title
  3. Organisation/affiliation
  4. BPS membership number

Information should be included on the following (where each question is limited to 4,000 characters):

  1. Aims and objectives
  2. Anticipated outcomes (e.g. publications; further research proposals; presentations; 'impact')
  3. Costings (please be as detailed as possible)
  4. Timeframe (including proposed start and end dates)
  5. Work Planned (this section should include the details of the activities planned)

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 01 July 2024.

Submit an application for the Pump Priming Dissemination Fund

Judging process

  • Committee members must declare any conflicts of interest before participating in the decision-making process.
  • An Awarding Sub-Committee will review all applications. The Committee's decision is final.
  • The number and level of awards made in any one year may vary.
  • The Committee will assess the applications on originality and potential contribution to knowledge, value for money, and outputs and dissemination.  

Previous Pump-Priming Find Recipients

2021

Principal Investigator: Mhairi Bowe

University: Nottingham Trent University 

Title of project: Whose history is it anyway? An experimental exploration of the impact of nostalgia contents and national identity threat on political preferences

Principal Investigator: Anastasia Rousaki

University: Nottingham Trent University

Title of project: Adolescent sexting and consent; a discursive approach.

Principal Investigator: Melissa Pavetich

University: University of Greenwich 

Title of project: Socio-Political Attitudes between Right- and Left-Wing Partisans

Principal Investigator: Moon Halder

University: Nottingham Trent University 

Title of project: The impact of COVID on the social skills of children: A Qualitative study

2020

Principal Investigator: Madeleine Pownall

University: University of Leeds

Title of project: The effects of women's performance motivation on susceptibility to the 'baby brain' stereotype in pregnancy

Principal Investigator: Yasemin Acar

University: University of Dundee

Title of project: Resistance from generation to generation: The case of Saturday Mothers in Istanbul. 

Principal Investigator: Meredith Schertzinger

University: University of St. Andrews

Title of project: Exploring the Power of Group Identity and Communication on Psychological Need Fulfilment

Principal Investigator: Bogdana Huma

University: York St John University

Title of project: 'Unresponded' persuasian in broadcast adversarial political debates 

Principal Investigator: Clifford Stevenson

University: Nottingham Trent University

Title of project: Exploring Financial Distress and Suicidal Behaviour During COVID-19

Chair: Dr Sara Vestergreen

Dr Sara Vestergren

Dr Sara Vestergren is a lecturer in Social Psychology at Keele University.

Sara’s main research interest and area of expertise is crowds and collective action, more specifically participation in collective action (e.g., protest participation, environmental action).

In her research, Sara mainly uses qualitative methods such as ethnographic interviews and reflexive thematic analysis to explore psychological change through participation in collective action.

She has, together with Prof. John Drury at University of Sussex, developed a theory of emergent and enduring change through participation in collective action.

She has published in outlets such as the British Journal of Social Psychology, Social Movement Studies, and Journal of Social and Political Psychology  Sara is currently one of the Consulting Editors for BJSP 

Sara has been a committee member since 2020.

You can follow Sara on Twitter (@SwedishProtests).

Chair Elect: Vacant

Past Chair: Dr Mhairi Bowe

Dr Mhairi Bowe

Dr Mhairi Bowe is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at Heriot-Watt University (since 2022) and was previously an Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University.

Mhairi’s research focuses on collective and place identities and how they link with health, well-being, and social processes, such as continuity, transition, belonging, and marginalisation.

Mhairi has been an SPS Committee Member since 2020 and was Chair Elect of the Social Section between September 2020 and September 2021. Mhairi became Chair of the Social Psychology Section in September 2021.

Mhairi has published in journals such as European Journal of Social Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, BMJ Open, Journal of Family Psychology, and the Journal of Health Psychology and has been funded by the ESRC and NHS

Mhairi is a member of the Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and an associate member (former lead) of the Groups, Identities, and Health Research Group at NTU.

Her recent work has explored social identity in relation to social prescribing, food aid, loneliness reduction, financial stress, stigma, community volunteering, and mutual aid during COVID-19.

Mhairi works closely with third sector partners and has engaged in knowledge exchange with local authorities, the UN and UK Parliament.

You can follow Mhairi on Twitter (@MhairiBowe) and Google Scholar or learn more about her research on her university profile  and lab group pages.

Honorary Treasurer: Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir

Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir is a postdoctoral researcher at the Open University and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Her research examines social identity dynamics and intergroup relations underlying prosocial attitudes and behaviours. She usually prefers to study these topics using comparative designs in the contexts of migration and academia.

She is also interested in the conceptualisation and contextualisation of prosocial behaviour in social psychology and is working towards building a theoretical framework that offers a more nuanced understanding of this concept.

In her second line of research, she studies meta-science and looks at the ways in which intergroup power dynamics as well as research and teaching practices influence the production of scientific knowledge.

She has published empirical papers in several outlets, including the British Journal of Psychology, PLoS ONE, and Nature Human Behaviour, and received funding from several organisations, including the British Psychological Society, the European Association of Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

She has been elected in 2022 to serve as a Social Psychology Section Committee Member for three years. She will be working on the section's programme of events.

You can follow her on Twitter, connect with her on LinkedIn, or learn more about her on her website.

Honorary Secretary: Vacant

Committee Member: Sophie Sutherland

Bio to follow.

Committee Member: Dr Sofia Stathi

Dr Sofia Stathi

Dr Sofia Stathi is Associate Professor of Social Psychology and the Lead for the Centre for Inequalities at the University of Greenwich.

Sofia’s research focuses on intergroup relations, (challenging) prejudice, collective action, and social ideology.

She uses predominantly quantitative methods to conduct basic and applied research that examines processes relating to majority-minority relations and social change.

Sofia has co-authored a monograph and an edited volume on intergroup contact; has published various articles in outlets such as the European Journal of Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and has received funding from research bodies such as the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, and Catedra Real Madrid.

Sofia has been a Committee Member since 2020 and is currently an Events Officer.

You can follow Sofia on Twitter or learn more about her.

Committee Member: Jodi Odgers

Bio to follow.

Committee Member: Rosslyn Kerr

Bio to follow.

Committee Member: Carina Hoerst

Bio to follow.

Committee member: Merve Ozturk

Bio to follow.

Committee member: Dr. Jaysan Charlesford

Dr. Jaysan Charlesford is an Assistant Professor at Plymouth University.

He is currently working on Social Media and Communicartions for the BPS Social Psychology Section.

Previously, Dr. Charlesford held two postdoctoral researcher positions: one at the University of Bristol examining the effects of classroom diversity and the second at Plymouth University exploring the gradient of local oral health inequalities.

Dr. Charlesford's primary research interests are in prejudice and prejudice-reduction. Presently, he is considering these topics through the lens of intergroup contact theory and intergroup climate.

Specifically, he is exploring the differential effects of individuals' perceptions of their personal contact with members of different groups and their perceptions of how ingroup ("us") and outgroup ("them") typically interact in society.

His wider research interests include intergroup relations more generally, including the sociopolitical antecedents of prejudice (e.g., political identity and ideology), institutional inequality, and the effects of diversity in various organisations.

You can learn more about his research on his university profile page.

Committee member: Sadvansha Munshi

Sadvansha Munshi is a PhD candidate in social psychology with an interest in the use of qualitative research methods for Open Science.

For her doctoral research, she is analysing interactional exchanges between the participants and the experimenter in a cognitive psychology experiment.

Her research aims to open an alternative way of conducting radically Open Science by making the experiment itself available for analysis and inspection.

It is anticipated that the findings from this research will be used to develop training resources aimed at helping researchers to learn about how experiments are conducted.

Sadvansha joined as a Committee Member for the Social Psychology Section in 2022, and works on Social Media and Communications.

You can follow her on Twitter (@Sadvansha).

Committee member: Dr Mioara Cristea

Dr Mioara Cristea is an Associate Professor of Social Psychology at Heriot-Watt University.

Mioara's research focuses on conspiracy beliefs and collective actions, far-right narratives and group polarization, and social norms and behavioural change. Mioara became SPS Committee Member in 2022 and is currently working on the SPS Monthly Newsletter.

Mioara has published in journals such as Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Journal of Social and Cross-cultural Psychogy, and Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology.

Mioara is a member of the Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences at Heriot-Watt University and an associate member of the Research Lab on Social Psychology and Interdisciplinary studies "Adrian Neculau" at the University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza (Iasi, Romania).

Her recent work has explored trust in government, mistrust in science, conspiracy beliefs, and prosocial behaviours during COVID-19.

You can follow Mhairi on Twitter (@MioCristea) and Google Scholar or learn more about her research on her university profile  and lab group pages.

PsyPAG Representative: Alexander Hunt

Alexander Hunt is a PhD candidate based at Heriot-Watt University's Centre of Applied Behavioral Sciences.

For his research, Alexander uses discursive and rhetorical approaches to social psychology to analyse political discourse and ideology.

Alexander's PhD project explores parliamentary debates where politicians discussed the possibility of a second referendum on the United Kingdom's status as a member of the European Union.

By exploring these debates, Alexander seeks to highlight how political speakers align their positions with norms of democracy to reduce the implication that their positions are motivated by party interest. 

Alexander joined the Social Psychology Section as the postgraduate representative in 2022.

You can follow Alexander on Twitter (@Alex_Hunt1995).

QMiP Representative: Philippa Carr

Bio to follow.

QUB Conference Representative: Rhiannon Turner

Bio to follow.

SPR Editor: Dr Blerina Kellezi

Dr Blerina Kellezi

Blerina is an Associate Professor in Social and Trauma Psychology and co-Lead of the Trauma, Social Isolation and Mental Health research group at NTU.

Blerina teaches in a range of modules: Psychological Wellbeing, Trauma, Theory and Applications, Social Psychology and supervises undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and Forensic Doctorate students.

Blerina's research investigates how people collectively deal with and are affected by extreme life events from illness and accidents to war, torture and immigration detention.

This includes the interplay between Social Cure and Social Curse analysis of war, dictatorship, transitional justice, immigration detention, social prescribing, and vocational rehabilitation.

Blerina has been a committee member since 2020, and is currently co-editor of SPR.

You can learn more about Blerina here.

Join

Membership of the Social Psychology Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member, you can join the Section at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

Apply to join the society

Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Social Psychology Section Membership

  • Alerting members to opportunities for contributing to policy consultation calls issued by UK government departments. 
  • Discounted registration for the Section's Annual Conference. 
  • Free registration at Section-sponsored workshops. 
  • News and updates via the Section's e-mail list. 20% discount on purchases from the Cambridge University Press online store. 
  • Responding to consultation documents and/or initiatives relevant to the development of social psychology (for example, the ESRC Psychology Benchmarking Exercise and Nomination of REF Panel Members). 
  • Social Psychological Review, the Section's peer-reviewed periodical, which is published twice a year and free electronic access to back issues via the Society's online shop.
  • The opportunity to bid for research funding under the Section's pump-priming scheme. 

The Section has also established the following awards: 

  1. The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Psychology
  2. The Early Career (PhD) Award
  3. The Mid-Career Award

Member Announcement Email List

The Social Psychology Section uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Section you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Social Psychology Section
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'Social Psychology Section announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the Social Psychology Section Committee

The Social Psychology Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.