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Diana Batchelor

Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict (Hewstone Lab)

I conduct research on meetings between victims and offenders (part of a response to crime known as restorative justice) from a social psychological perspective. I draw on the rich intergroup contact literature to guide my investigation of the precursors, mechanisms and outcomes of such meetings.

My research has two main purposes 1) to test and develop contact theory in a high-intensity, real-world setting and 2) to enhance current understanding of restorative justice at a critical time in the development of UK policy and practice.