The social psychology research group at Kent is a leading centre for social psychological research in Europe. The group is comprised of internationally renowned researchers who have established a worldwide reputation for their research. Our work is funded by a variety of British and international sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission, Home Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Nuffield Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Our researchers also engage in consultancy work for businesses and the government.
Our academics have received prestigious editorial appointments and both national and international awards. Many leading international social psychologists are affiliated with the group, reflecting the strong reputation of social psychology at Kent.
Our research covers all areas of social psychology including prejudice and discrimination, equality, identity, diversity and change, justice and morality, attitudes and decision making, status, leadership and power, conspiracies and social movements, security and risk, social influence, and personality. As such, our research overlaps with adjacent fields such as organisational psychology and cognitive science. Much of our research is coordinated through the Centre for the Study of Group Processes.
Our teaching and research are closely linked so that students are able to learn in a vibrant research environment at a leading centre for social psychology. We offer Master's degree courses in Social and Applied Psychology and Political Psychology. We are also interested in recruiting strong and committed PhD students.