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Presenting at Princeton

Presenting at Princeton

I’m heading to Princeton to present at a conference on The Great Recession and Social Class Divides. The conference is organised by Susan Fiske and Miguel Moya and will gather invited speakers to discuss the ways that belonging to different social classes influences various social psychological processes, especially in the context of the current economic crisis.

EASP symposium in Amsterdam

EASP symposium in Amsterdam

I’m co-organising two symposia at EASP with Tegan Cruwys. The symposia will be held on Wednesday 9th July in Oudemanhuispoort room D0.09 and will discuss the latest research on The Social Cure. Please come along if you’re in the neighbourhood!

Social Identity and Health Part 1: Social identity promotes recovery in vulnerable populations  (9:00 – 10:40am)

*Please note, this symposium is listed with an incorrect title in the printed version of the program. These are the correct details.

Chaired by Jolanda Jetten and Tegan Cruwys

In Social Identity and Health Part 1, we explore the experience and expression of social identity among the most vulnerable members of society. Our presentations cover depression, multiple sclerosis, pregnancy, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction and smoking cessation.

Tegan Cruwys – Social identification and depression recovery: The curative benefits of group membership

Fabio Sani – Group identification and mental health among multiple sclerosis patients, school pupils and pregnant women

Zoe Walter – Two pathways through adversity: Social identity, social support, and psychological well-being in a homeless sample

Genevieve Dingle – Breaking Bad: social identity and network changes can benefit wellbeing and recovery from substance misuse

Hugh Webb – The decline of brand identity and smoking behaviour following the introduction of plain packaging


Social Identity and Health Part 2: Social identity enhances resilience and well-being (11:05 – 12:45pm)

Chaired by Alex Haslam and Katie Greenaway

Social Identity and Health Part 2 explores how maintaining, crafting, and managing identity promotes resilience and well-being. We show that social identities do not merely promote freedom from illness, but enable people to thrive in a state of well-being.

Dario Spini – Social group participation, identity continuity and well-being after the loss of an intimate partner

Thomas Morton – Social inclusion enhances the health and well-being of seniors: Preliminary findings from the AGES project

Nik Steffens – Leaders enhance team members’ health and well-being by furthering social identity

Stuart Read – Coping with situational stigma: Ingroup ties, identity performance, and well-being in physical disability

Katie Greenaway – The control within, from without: Group identification improves health and well-being through increased perceived control

In New York for ISJR

In New York for ISJR


I’m visiting New York to attend the International Society for Justice Research biennial conference. In between amazing food, great live music, and my everlasting search for good coffee I’ll be hearing about top notch socially impactful research! My talk is at 2:10 on Saturday June 21 in the session “Overcoming obstacles to social change”, abstract below:

Feeling hopeful inspires support for social change

Hope is an emotion that has been implicated in social change efforts, yet no research has examined whether feeling hopeful actually motivates support for social change. Study 1 (N=274) confirmed that hope is associated with greater support for social change in two countries with different political contexts. Study 2 (N=165) revealed that hope predicts support for social change better than other emotions often investigated in collective action research. Study 3 (N=100) replicated this finding using a hope scale and showed the effect occurs over and above positive mood. Study 4 (N=58) demonstrated experimentally that hope motivates support for social change. In all four studies, the effect of hope was mediated by perceived efficacy to achieve social equality. This research confirms the motivating potential of hope and illustrates the power of this emotion in generating social change.