Dr. Huseyin Cakal

Title: Lecturer
Phone: +44 (0)1782 7 32945
Email: h.cakal@keele.ac.uk
Location: Dorothy Hodgkin Building 1.80
Contacting me:
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I completed my BA and MA Ed. In English Language Teaching at Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey. I then obtained a MSc. in Sociology from the University of Manchester and DPhil in Social Psychology from the University of Oxford before I joined the School of Psychology in 2016 as a lecturer in psychology. I have a particular passion for policy oriented research on extremely disadvantaged communities in the least accessed regions, e.g. South East Asia, Latin America, and in the Middle East.

Within the broad area of intergroup relations, my work has covered the dynamics of collective action and prejudice reduction strategies, effects of social identity and intergroup contact on health, and intergroup emotions among advantaged and disadvantaged groups. I have conducted research on these topics among some of the least accessible populations such as Indigenous peoples in South America, Christian Minorities in Iraq, Muslims and Hindus in Kashmir, and among Bosnian Muslims. I have also conducted research on human-robot interaction, and on the effects of behavioural synchrony on social cohesion.

Current Research

  • Prejudice Reduction, Collective Action Participation, and Well-Being
    I have recently been awarded a UKIERI grant (£198,000) as principal investigator to conduct research on the impact of prejudice reduction strategies and collective action participation on well-being in India.
  • Refugee Integration: I am involved in a multi-country study of refugee integration and well-being among younger refugees with exposure to violence.
  • Cakal, H. & Petrovic, N. (in press) Iintergroup contact and ingroup identification as predictors of intergroup attitudes and forgiveness in the Serbian context: The moderating role of exposure to positive information. Applied Psychology (Serbian).
  • Gokcekus, O., Hewstone, M. & Cakal, H. (in press) In Vino Veritas? Social Influence on ‘Private’ Wine Evaluations at a Wine Social Networking Site in O. Ashenfelter, O. Gergaud, K. Storchmann, & W. Ziemba (Eds.) Handbook of the Economics of Wine, World Scientific
  • Dixon, J., Cakal, H., Khan, W., Osmany, M., & Majumdar, S. (in press). Contact, political solidarity and collective action: An Indian case study of relations between historically disadvantaged communities. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
  • Hewstone, M., Osmanovic, E., Voci, A. & Cakal, H. (in press). Impact of past and present contact on conflict-related outcomes in Bosnia. Special Issue on “Contact Between Groups, Peace, and Conflict”, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.
  • Cakal, H., Hewstone, M., Guler, M., & Heath, A. (2016). Predicting support for collective action in the conflict between Turks and Kurds: Perceived threat as a mediator of intergroup contact and social identity. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19(6), 732–752. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430216641303
  • Cakal, H., Eller, A., Sirlopú, D., & Perez, A. (2016). Intergroup Relations in Latin America : Intergroup Contact , Common Ingroup Identity , and Activism among Indigenous Groups in Mexico and Chile. Journal of Social Issues, 72(2), 355–375.
  • Eller, A., Cakal, H. & Sirlopu, D. (2016). Identity, contact, and health among mestizos and indigenous people in Mexico. In S. McKeown, R. Haji & N. Ferguson (Eds.) Understanding peace and conflict through social identity theory: Contemporary and world-wide perspectives. Peace Psychology Series, Springer.
  • Psaltis, C. & Cakal, H. (2016). Social Identity in a divided Cyprus. In In S. McKeown, R. Haji & N. Ferguson (Eds.) Understanding peace and conflict through social identity theory: Contemporary and world-wide perspectives. Peace Psychology Series, Springer.
  • Dixon, J., Durrheim, K., Stevenson, C., & Cakal, H. (2016). Challenging intergroup discrimination: Psychological models of social change in historically divided and unequal societies. In C. Sibley, & F. Barlow (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of the psychology of prejudice. Cambridge University Press.
  • Psaltis, C., Cabrera, C., Lytra, E., Makriyianni, C., Philippou, G. & Cakal, H. (2014). Collective memory and oral history accounts of the former inhabitants of mixed villages in Cyprus: A social representations perspective. In H. Briel (Ed.), Oral History in Cyprus. Nicosia. University of Nicosia Press.
  • Cakal, H., Hewstone, M., Schwar, G. & Heath, A. (2011). An investigation of the social identity model of collective action and the 'sedative' effect of intergroup contact among Black and White Students in South Africa. British Journal of Social Psychology 50, 606-627.

Year 1

  • PSY10018: Individual Differences
  • PSY10015: Research Methods
  • PSY10019: Applied Psychology (Module Leader)
  • PSY40015: MSc Dissertation supervision (Supervisor)
  • PSY40037: MSc Contemporary Research in Psychology (Module Leader)
Current MSc and PhD Opportunities

Psychological Processes Underlying Collective Mobilization in Violent Contexts
Most research on collective action shows that individuals seem more motivated to act non-violently for social change when they more strongly identify with their disadvantaged group, experience negative emotions like anger in response to their disadvantage, and, most central to the current project, believe in the group’s efficacy to collectively achieve social change through joint action (van Zomeren, Leach, & Spears, 2012). This research looks at these processes pan out in which repressive violence has become such a ‘normal’ occurrence that violence may be a, if not the, way to achieve social change. More specifically, the project will focus on whether the same, or different, psychological processes explain why individuals engage in violence to achieve social change.

Motivational Basis of Refugee Integration
Research shows that social groups have considerable positive effects on health and well-being (Jetten, Haslam, Haslam, Dingle, & Jones, 2014) and these effects are influenced by the nature and frequency of positive relations with the social environment (Eller, Cakal, & Sirlopu, 2016). However, not much known how these factors influence mental health characteristics of refugees (Beutel et al., 2016) and the motivational basis of their integration.
The project aims to explore how social and political dynamics of the host countries and emerging social psychological dynamics of the refugee communities contribute toward mental health and successful integration refugees across generations. More specifically, the project focuses on the role of social identity as well as intra and intergroup process, e.g., informal social networks and social relations, in predicting mental health and integration of refugees to the host societies.

Candidate Specification
You will be required to liaise with already existing contacts in various countries and you will be responsible for coordinating cross-country studies as part of your doctoral project. You will be able to work independently and take initiative when needed. You are expected to be comfortable with survey design and advanced statistics, e.g. Structural Equation Modelling and its cross, sectional, longitudinal, and multilevel applications. Alternatively, you will be able demonstrate your willingness to acquire them.

Please contact Dr Huseyin Cakal for an informal chat about the application process.

Candidates funded by the following agencies are encouraged to contact Dr Huseyin Cakal for an informal chat about their suitability.

  • Turkish Ministry of Education (T.C. MİLLÎ EĞİTİM BAKANLIĞI)
  • China Scholarship Council
  • Mexican Foreign Scholarship Programme (CONACYT)
  • Brasilian Foreign Scholarship Programme (Ciência Sem Fronteiras)

Current doctoral students (as lead supervisor)

  • Halime Ünver “Interactive Effects of Media Effects and Social Identity on Social Change” Funding: Turkish Ministry of National Education (T.C. MİLLÎ EĞİTİM BAKANLIĞI). 
  • Büşra Karaköse “Comparative Study of Motivational Basis of Integration among Refugees: Group versus Individual Resources and Obstacles” Funding: Turkish Ministry of National Education (T.C. MİLLÎ EĞİTİM BAKANLIĞI). 

Current MSc Students

  • Louise Draisey "Solidarity and Mental Health among LGBT Groups"Funding: Self-Funded