What We Do
The Social Psychology Research Group conducts research on individuals’ emotions, thoughts and behaviours in diverse social contexts. Using a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, we aim to improve people’s personal and relationship wellbeing by enhancing our understanding of the antecedents and consequences of social perceptions and behaviours and the cultural contexts in which they are embedded. Primary areas of specialisation include social identities, relationships and adult attachment; gender and sexual norms, sexism, and sexual objectification; motivated reasoning and mortality awareness; body image, attractiveness and eating disorders; music and emotion regulation; social networks and organisations; intergroup relations, racism and citizenship. Our interdisciplinary research involves colleagues in sociology, social policy, anthropology and health and social care. We receive European and local funding and work in collaboration with prominent scholars in the UK and internationally.
Research Themes and Sustainable Development Goals
Our research is embedded in the following University research themes, a unique set of areas that key into our goals as a civic university undertaking internationally significant research with local relevance, and as researchers engaged in the pursuit of excellence. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals badges represent our research and collaborations in terms of their contribution to the issues the world faces today and into the future.