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

Research Interests:

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.

Research Grants: 

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)
Role: Principal Investigator


2014-2017 – Trust and Social Identity in Cyber Space
The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR; USD $750,000) 
Role: Co-Investigator
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)


Year 2:

  • PSY-20034: Social Psychology in the Modern World (Module Leader)

Year 3:

  • 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 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 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.
  • Psychological explanations for the attainment (and experience) gap among BAME students in higher education

However, these topics are only indicative. 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 currently supervise one MSc student:

Ibrahim Khan – Tittle TBC


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (Published and In Press)
  • Khan, S. S., Garnett, N., Hult Khazaie, D., Liu, J. H., &., Gil de Zúñiga, H. (in press). Opium of the people? National identification predicts wellbeing over time. British Journal of Psychology.
  • Xygalatas, D., Khan., S. S., Lang, M., Kratky, J., Kundt, R., Kundtova-Klocova, E., & Shaver, J. (in press). Effects of extreme ritual practices on psychophysiological well-being. Current Anthropology.
  • Stott, C., Khan, S. S., Madsen, E., & Havelund, J. (in press). The value of Supporter Liaison Officers (SLOs) in fan dialogue, conflict, governance and football crowd management in Sweden. Soccer & Society.
  • Vargas, S., Paez, D., Khan, S. S., Liu, J. H., & Gil de Zúñiga, H. (2018). System justification enhances well‐being: A longitudinal analysis of the palliative function of system justification in 18 countries. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57, 568-590.
  • Licata, L., Khan, S. S., Cabecinhas, R., Pires Valentim, J., & Liu, J. H. (2018). Social representations of colonialism in Europe and in Africa: Structure and relevance for contemporary intergroup relations. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 62, 68-79.
  • Khan, S. S., Tarrant, M., Weston, D., Shah, P., & Farrow, C. V. (2018). Can raising awareness about the psychological causes of obesity reduce obesity stigma? Health Communication, 33(5), 585-592.
  • Tarrant, M., Khan, S. S., Farrow, C. V., Shah, P., Daly, M., & Kos, K. (2017). Patient experiences of a bariatric group programme for managing obesity: A qualitative interview study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 22(1), 77-93.
  • Khan, S. S., Svensson, T. & Jogdand, Y. A., & Liu, J. (2017). Lessons from the past for the future: The definition and mobilisation of Hindu nationhood by the Hindu nationalist movement of India. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 5(2), 477-511.
  • Tarrant, M., Khan, S.S., Farrow, C.V., Shah, P., Daly, M., & Kos, K. (2017). Patient experiences of a bariatric group programme for managing obesity: A qualitative interview study. British Journal of Health Psychology, 22(1), 77-93.
  • Jogdand, Y., Khan, S. S., & Mishra, A. K. (2016). Understanding the persistence of caste. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 4(2), 554-569
  • Wakefield, J. R. H., Sani, F., Herrera, M., Khan., S. S., & Dugard. (2016). Greater family identification – but not greater contact with family members - leads to better health: Evidence from a Spanish longitudinal study. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46(4), 506-513.
  • Hopkins, N., Reicher, S., Khan, S. S., Tewari, S., Srinivasan, N., & Stevenson, C. (2016). Explaining effervescence: Investigating the relationship between shared social identity and positive experience in crowds. Cognition and Emotion, 30(1), 20-32.
  • Khan, S. S., Hopkins, N., Reicher, S., Tewari, S., Srinivasan, N., & Stevenson, C. (2016). How collective participation impacts social identity: A longitudinal study from India. Political Psychology, 37(3), 309-325.
  • Khan, S. S., Hopkins, N., Reicher, S., Tewari, S., Srinivasan, N., & Stevenson, C. (2015). Shared identity and well-being in mass gatherings. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 18(4), 504-522.
  • Tarrant, M., Khan, S.S., & Qin, Q. (2015). Effects of norm referent salience on young people’s dietary consumption. Appetite, 85, 160-164.
  • Hanke, K., Liu, J. H., Sibley, C., Paez, D., Gaines, S. O., Jr., Moloney, G., … Cabecinhas, R. (2015). “Heroes” and “villains” of world history across cultures. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0115641.
  • Khan, S. S., Hopkins, N. P., Tewari, S., Srinivasan, N., Reicher, S., & Ozakinci, G. (2014). Efficacy and well-being in rural north India: The role of social identification with a large-scale community identity. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44(7), 787-798.
  • Srinivasan, N., Hopkins, N. P., Reicher, S. D., Khan, S. S., Singh, T., & Levine, M. (2013). Social meaning of ambiguous sounds influences retrospective duration judgments. Psychological Science, 24 (60), 1060-1062.
  • Tewari, S., Khan, S. S., Hopkins, N. P., Srinivasan, N., & Reicher, S. D. (2012) Participation in mass gatherings can benefit well-being: Longitudinal and control data from a North Indian Hindu pilgrimage event. PLoS ONE 7(10): e4729.
  • Liu, J.H., Paez, D., Hanke, K., Rosa, A., Hilton, D.J., Sibley, C., … Khan, S. S., et al. (2012). Cross cultural dimensions of meaning in the evaluation of events in world history? Perceptions of historical calamities and progress in cross-cultural data from 30 societies. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43 (2), 251-272. (IF = 1.348)
  • Sibley, C. G., Liu, J. H., & Khan, S. S. (2010). Implicit representations of ethnicity and nationhood in New Zealand: A function of symbolic or resource-specific policy attitudes? Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 10 (1), 23-46.
  • Sibley, C. G., Overall, J., Duckit, J., Milfont, T. L., Khan, S. S., Fischer, R., & Robertson, A. (2009). Your sexism predicts my sexism: Perceptions of men’s (but not women’s) sexism affects one’s own sexism over time. Sex Roles, 60 (9-10), 682-693.
  • Khan, S. S., & Liu, J. H. (2008). Intergroup attributions and ethnocentrism in the Indian Subcontinent: The ultimate attribution error revisited. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 39 (1), 16-36.
  • Sibley, C. G., Liu, J. H., & Khan, S. S. (2008). Who are ‘we’? Implicit associations between ethnic and national symbols for Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 38(2), 38-49.
  • Sibley, C. G., Liu, J. H., Duckitt, J., & Khan, S. S. (2008). Social representations of history and the legitimisation of social inequality: The form and function of historical negation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 38 (3), 542-565.
 Book Chapters (Published and In Press)
  • Jogdand, Y., Khan, S. S., & Reicher, S. (in press). The context, content and claims of Humiliation in response to collective victimhood. In J. Vollhardt (Ed.) The Social Psychology of Collective Victimhood. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Farrow, C., Tarrant, M., & Khan, S. S. (2016). Using social identity to promote health: The impact of group memberships on health in the context of obesity. In S. Buckingham, D. Frings & I. P. Albery (Eds.), Addiction, Behavioural Change and Social Identity. London: Routledge.
  • Hopkins, N., Stevenson, C., Shankar, S., Pandey, K., Khan, S.S., & Tewari, S. (2015) Being together at the Magh Mela: The social psychology of crowds and collectivity. In T. Gale, A. Maddrell, A. Terry (Eds.), Sacred Mobilities: Journeys of Belief and Belonging (pp. 19-40). Ashgate Publishing Limited: Farnham
  • Liu, J.H., & Khan, S.S. (2014). Nation building through historical narratives in pre-independence India: Gandhi, Nehru, Savarkar, and Golwalkar as entrepreneurs of identity. In M. Hanne (Ed.) Warring with words: Narrative and metaphor in domestic and international politics (pp. 211-237). New York and London: Psychology Press.
  • Khan, S. S., & Sen, R (2009). Where are we going? Perspective on Hindu-Muslim relations in India. In C. J. Montiel & Noor, N. (Eds.), Peace psychology in Asia (Volume 1; pp. 43-64). Springer.