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Research Biography

I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate training in social psychology at the Australian National University. I was a Research Associate at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (ANU) before moving to Murdoch University in 2010 to take up a teaching and research position in the School of Psychology. I was an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awardee between 2012-2015. In May 2017 I moved to Flinders University to take up a position as Associate Professor in the School of Psychology. I am an Associate Editor at the British Journal of Social Psychology.

Research Interests

Participation in protest and other forms of collective action is critical for a healthy, functioning democracy. However, political violence has enormous personal, social and economic costs. Therefore, my research focuses on understanding i) when, why and how people decide to join collective efforts to bring about a desired social change; ii) the factors that shift people towards violent extremism.

My research is primarily informed by the social identity approach to group processes and intergroup relations. It adopts quantatiative cross-sectional and experimental methods to study how exposure to different stimuli and different social contexts shapes people’s engagement (or disengagement) with social justice issues. With the advent of new forms of technology (social media: Facebook, Twitter) a lot of our analysis also focuses on how online social interactions shape people’s orientation to act to confront inequality and injustice. Our work identifies how novel groups form through (online and offline) interaction that allows people to become the change that they want to see in the world


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