I joined the School of Psychology as a lecturer in social psychology in January, 2015. I hold a PhD from the Centre of Applied Cross Cultural Research (CACR) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2011), where I also completed a BA and BSc (Hons). Between completing my PhD and joining Keele University, I held research fellowships at the University of Dundee, the University of St Andrews, and the University of Exeter.
I am a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I am a member of the executive committee of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP), the editorial boards of the European Journal of Social Psychology (EJSP) and the Journal of Social and Political Psychology (JSPP), and serve as an associate editor for both the Asian Journal of Social Psychology (AJSP) and the British Journal of Social Psychology (BJSP).
I am also the co-chair of the Race Equality Charter (REC) Self-Assessment Team (SAT) at Keele University.
Research and scholarship
My research interests are many and tend to lie in the intersections of social, cultural, political, and health psychology. To date my research has had two main areas of focus, involving the application of social-identity and self-categorisation processes to: a) examine group processes and intergroup relations, with a particular focus on political and religious phenomena in the Indian Subcontinent; and b) understand and promote health behaviours and outcomes.
Methodologically, my expertise lies in survey research and the application of advanced multivariate and latent variable statistics to examine social phenomena and social psychological processes. However, I prefer combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies to ensure that my research questions are answered as comprehensively as possible.
2017-2020 – Social Identity, Well-Being and Civic Participation among Social and Ethnic Groups in India
UKIERI: UK-India Education and Research Initiative (GBP £198,000)
Principal Investigator: Dr Huseyin Cakal (Keele University)
2014-2017 – Trust and Social Identity in Cyber Space
The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR; USD $750,000)
Principal Investigator: Prof. James Liu (Massey University)
2013-2014 – Physical and Psychological Health Consequences of Extreme Rituals
Interacting Minds Centre (IMC) Seed Fund (DKK 100,000)
Aarhus University, Denmark
Role: Principal Investigator together with Dr Dimitris Xygalatas (University of Connecticut/Aarhus University)
- PSY-20034: Social Psychology in the Modern World (Module Leader)
- PSY-30061: Final Year Project
- PSY-30124: Groups, Crowds and Conflict
- PSY-30125: Culture and Psychology (Module Leader)
- PSY-40015: Dissertation
- PSY-40051: Advanced Study in Applied Social and Political Psychology
I am willing to supervise any research involving the application of social psychological theory and methods to address pertinent global and societal issues. I primarily work with the social identity approach to understand the social world but I am open to complementing this perspective with tenets from other theoretical frameworks. I do not prefer supervising research utilising quantitative or qualitative methods – what determines the appropriateness of one method over another is the research question being asked; I have extensive experience of conducting and supervising both quantitative and qualitative research. However, I do prefer supervising interdisciplinarily informed research – research engaging with perspectives from disciplines other than psychology.
I am currently particularly interested conducting research addressing the following topics:
- The (social and political) psychological underpinnings of international conflicts, particularly the conflict between India and Pakistan
- The relationship between large-scale identities (e.g., national or religious) and health behaviours and outcomes.
- The impact of collective participation on health behaviours and outcomes
- Psychological explanations for the attainment (and experience) gap among BAME students in higher education
However, these are only indicative of the topics that I am particularly interested in right now. Please feel free to contact me with supervision queries regarding any topic/issue that you believe is relevant to examine from a social psychological perspective.
I currently supervise three PhD students:
- Daniella Hult-Khazaie (primary supervisor, with Clifford Stott) – The effect of a shared social identity on health-related risk perceptions
- Olly Robertson (secondary supervisor, with Richard Stephens) – The efficacy of emotional language expression as emotion regulation
- Neil Williams (secondary supervisor, with Clifford Stott) – Crowd psychology and theory based approaches to policing football crowds in the UK, Sweden, and Denmark
I also currently supervise one MSc student:
- Ibrahim Khan – Tittle TBC