Tuesday, 26 September 2017

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY SERIES: Research Presentation by UON Global Innovation Chair on Social Cohesion and Conflict, Prof Miles Hewstone, on Tuesday 3rd October 12-1pm

The School of Psychology’s Social and Organisational Psychology Research Group invites you to a research presentation by Prof. Miles Hewstone, UON Global Innovation Chair in Social Cohesion and Conflict (University of Oxford & UON School of Psychology) as part of our Equity and Diversity Colloquium Series.

When: 12.00pm – 1.00pm on Tuesday 3rd October
Where: The Keats Reading Room, Psychology/Aviation Building (AVLG17), with video link to the Seminar Room, Science Offices at Ourimbah.
Title: Understanding the complexity of intergroup contact and its varied routes to the reduction of prejudice

Bio: Prof Miles Hewstone is Professor of Social Psychology and Public Policy, and a Fellow of New College at the University of Oxford (OXON), and the new Global Innovation Chair in Social Conflict and Cohesion at the University of Newcastle (UON). He is a leading social psychologist who is internationally renowned for his work on intergroup relations, especially his ground-breaking work on intergroup contact. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1978, receiving a D.Phil. in social psychology at OXON in 1981, before pursuing post-doctoral work at the EHESS, Paris, then at the University of Tübingen, Germany (obtaining his Habilitation higher degree in 1986). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, where he advises government on policy in the area of social cohesion, resulting in his recent joint appointment in Oxford’s outstanding Department of Experimental Psychology (world ranked No. 2) and its newly-established Blavatnik School of Government. He is also a former editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology, and co-founding editor of the European Review of Social Psychology. Prof Hewstone has received a number of awards, including the Kurt Lewin Award (2012) from The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Codol Medal (2014) from the European Association of Social Psychology. He has published widely in the field of experimental social psychology, focusing on attribution theory, social cognition, social influence, stereotyping and intergroup relations, and intergroup conflict. His current work centres on the reduction of intergroup conflict, via intergroup contact, stereotype change and crossed categorization, addressing real-world issues including the impact of diversity, sectarianism, and Islamophobia.

We aspire for Professor Miles Hewstone's recent appointment as Global Innovation Chair in Social Cohesion and Conflict to mark the beginning of a new Newcastle-Oxford Research Centre in this timely area of research.