BA (Oxon) MSc
Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict (Hewstone Lab)
My research focusses on intergroup relations in societies where group boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred, and specifically where growing parts of the population identify as being of mixed background (e.g., mixed ethnicity). I am particularly interested in the effect of intergroup contact with mixed individuals on prejudice and discrimination, and in the way people of mixed identity define their own ingroup.
Intergroup contact researchers have long recognized that people associate with multiple social categories at the same time. However, complex patterns of social identification – such as, for example, mixed ethnic identities – have received surprisingly little attention. Considering increasing levels of diversity in the UK and beyond, my doctoral research on mixed identities aims to address this relevant limitation.
Previously, I have worked with Prof Julia Becker (University Osnabrueck, Germany) on attitudes and behaviour towards refugees. I also contribute to the impact assessment of social integration programmes in the UK.
Reducing intergroup bias through intergroup contact: Twenty years of progress and future directions
Dovidio JF. et al, (2017), Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20, 606 - 620
Intergroup Contact and Social Change: Implications of Negative and Positive Contact for Collective Action in Advantaged and Disadvantaged Groups.
Reimer NK. et al, (2017), Pers Soc Psychol Bull, 43, 121 - 136