Kristof Dhont, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies (Research) in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent. He is the founder and director of SHARKLab, dedicated to the study human intergroup and human-animal relations. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations (GPIR) and as Consulting Editor for the European Journal of Personality (EJP).
Kristof's interests include the situational and personality factors that drive and sustain intergroup biases such as ethnic and gender-based prejudice as well as speciesism, with a special interest in social-ideological variables (e.g. social dominance orientation and authoritarianism) and identity-based processes.
He investigates the factors shaping people's perceptions and thinking about animals, the complexities and paradoxes in human-animal relations, and the moral psychology of eating and exploiting animals. Some of the key questions concern:
- How do people perceive and think about animals as a social outgroup (or multiple outgroups)?
- Why do people love and care about animals, yet also eat and exploit them?
- How can prejudice towards human and non-human animals be reduced, for instance through positive intergroup contact and increasing empathy?
- What are the implications of our attitudes and behaviors toward animals for human intergroup relations?
He also investigates the impact of contextual factors such as societal intergroup norms and threat on ideology and intergroup attitudes and the psychological factors that motivate people to support social change.
How do people perceive and think about animals as a social outgroup (or multiple outgroups)?
Current Research Students
|2019||University of Kent REF 2021 output funding||£680|
|2018-2021||Research Grant from the Leverhulme Trust||£192,118 - co-investigator|
|2018-2020||Research Grant from Animal Charity Evaluators||$31,006.76|
|2018||Eastern ARC Events fund||£2000 - co-applicant|
|2018||Kent-Ghent joint project grant - University of Kent and Ghent University||€1150|
|2018||Research Grant from Faculty Research Fund (Co-investigator), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent||£4,817.80|
|2018||School of Psychology Research Seed Fund||£1180|
|2017||Research Grant from Faculty Research Fund, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent||£4570.20|
|2017||Kent-Ghent joint project grant - University of Kent and Ghent University||€1150|
|2016||Kent-Ghent joint project grant - University of Kent and Ghent University||€1255|
|2016||International Academic Visitor grant awarded by the Dean for Internationalisation, University of Kent||£1,000|
|2015||Research Grant from Faculty Research Fund, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kent||£4427|
|2015||Kent-Ghent joint project grant -- University of Kent and Ghent University||€1,215|
|2011-2014||Post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)||€158,372.20|
|2007-2011||PhD fellowship awarded by the Special Research Fund of Ghent University|| |