Gleibs, Ilka

Dr Ilka Gleibs  


Position held

Non LSE positions held


Member of 'Network of Excellence in the Future of Identity'


University of Surrey

Visiting Researcher


Experience keywords:

identification processes and change; longitudinal methods; multiple social identities and well-being; organizational change; social identity, health and ageing

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Broadly speaking my research is concerned with the consequences of (social) identity change. With social identity I mean the part of the self-concept that is defined by group membership. Importantly, group memberships are non-static/transient and groups change and so do we.

Therefore, I’m interested in social identity change, which can be on various levels: 1) “Social” change (political, economical, organizational change) 2) Individual change (life transitions) 3) Contextual change/ variability.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Creative Industries and Culture; Healthcare; Media Technology and New Media; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Germany; UK


German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Italian [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7709



Gleibs, Ilka H. and Hendricks, Kristen and Kurz, Tim (2017) Identity mediators: leadership and identity construction in campaign speeches of American presidential candidates’ spouses Political Psychology. ISSN 0162-895X

Mok, Sog Yee and Martiny, Sarah E. and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Deaux, Kay and Froehlich, Laura (2017) The interaction of vertical collectivism and stereotype activation on the performance of Turkish-origin high school students Learning and Individual Differences, 56. 76-84. ISSN 1041-6080


Gleibs, Ilka H. (2016) Good leaders adapt their leadership style to the organisation’s social context LSE Business Review (2 Feb 2016) Blog entry

Obradović, Sandra and Reddy, Geetha and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Howarth, Caroline (2016) New publication: the social psychology of everyday politics Psychology at LSE (20 Oct 2016) blog

Gleibs, Ilka H. (2016) Collecting data using crowdsourcing marketplaces raises ethical questions for academic researchers Impact of Social Sciences Blog (18 Oct 2016) Blog entry

Gleibs, Ilka H. and Haslam, S. Alexander (2016) Do we want a fighter? The influence of group status and the stability of intergroup relations on leader prototypicality and endorsement Leadership Quarterly, 27 (4). 557-573. ISSN 1048-9843

Gleibs, Ilka H. (2016) Are all ‘research fields’ equal? Rethinking practice for the use of data from crowd-sourcing market places Behavior Research Methods. ISSN 1554-351X

Gleibs, Ilka H. and Wilson, Neil and Reddy, Geetha and Catmur, Caroline (2016) Group dynamics in automatic imitation PLOS One, 11 (9). e0162880. ISSN 1932-6203

Rhode, Ann Kristin and Voyer, Benjamin G. and Gleibs, Ilka H. (2016) Does language matter? Exploring Chinese-Korean differences in holistic perception Frontiers in Psychology, 7 (1508). ISSN 1664-1078

Mok, Sog Yee and Martiny, Sarah E. and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Keller, Melanie M. and Froehlich, Laura (2016) The relationship between ethnic classroom composition and Turkish-origin and German students’ reading performance and sense of belonging Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078


Gleibs, Ilka H. (2015) The importance of informed consent in social media research Psychology at LSE (19 Mar 2015) blog

Gleibs, Ilka H. (2015) How women footballers can overcome negative stereotypes Psychology at LSE (24 Jun 2015) blog

Martiny, Sarah E. and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Parks-Stamm, Elizabeth J. and Martiny-Huenger, Torsten and Froehlich, Laura and Harter, Anna-Lena and Roth, Jenny (2015) Dealing with negative stereotypes in sports: the role of cognitive anxiety when multiple identities are activated in sensorimotor tasks Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 37 (4). 379-392. ISSN 0895-2779


Gleibs, Ilka H. (2014) Turning virtual public spaces into laboratories: thoughts on conducting online field studies using social network sites Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 14 (1). 352-370. ISSN 1529-7489

Haslam, Catherine and Haslam, S. Alexander and Knight, Craig and Gleibs, Ilka and Ysseldyk, Renate and McCloskey, Lauren-Grace (2014) We can work it out: group decision-making builds social identity and enhances the cognitive performance of care residents British Journal of Psychology, 105 (1). 17-34. ISSN 0007-1269

Gleibs, Ilka H. and Sonnenberg, Stefanie J. and Haslam, Catherine (2014) "We get to decide”: the role of collective engagement in counteracting feelings of confinement and lack of autonomy in residential care Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 38 (4). 259-280. ISSN 0192-4788


Gleibs, Ilka H. and Täuber, Susanne and Viki, G. Tendayi and Giessner, Steffen R. (2013) When what we get is not what we want: the roles of implemented versus desired merger patterns in support for mergers Social Psychology, 44 (3). 177-190. ISSN 1864-9335

Gleibs, Ilka H. and Morton, Thomas A. and Rabinovich, Anna and Haslam, S. Alexander and Helliwell, John F. (2013) Unpacking the hedonic paradox: a dynamic analysis of the relationships between financial capital, social capital and life satisfaction British Journal of Social Psychology, 52 (1). 25-43. ISSN 0144-6665

Howarth, Caroline and Campbell, Catherine and Cornish, Flora and Franks, Bradley and Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia and Gillespie, Alex and Gleibs, Ilka H. and Goncalves-Portelinha, I. and Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Lahlou, Saadi and Mannell, Jenevieve Claire and Reader, Tom W. and Tennant, C. (2013) Insights from societal psychology: a contextual politics of societal change Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1 (1). 364-384. ISSN 2195-3325


Jones, Janelle M. and Williams, W. Huw and Jetten, Jolanda and Haslam, S. Alexander and Harris, Adrian and Gleibs, Ilka H. (2012) The role of psychological symptoms and social group memberships in the development of post-traumatic stress after traumatic injury British Journal of Health Psychology, 17 (4). 798-811. ISSN 1359-107X


Gleibs, Ilka H. and Haslam, Catherine and Haslam, S. Alexander and Jones, Janelle M. (2011) Water clubs in residential care: is it the water or the club that enhances health and well-being? Psychology and Health, 26 (10). 1361-1377. ISSN 0887-0446

Gleibs, Ilka H. and Haslam, Catherine and Jones, Janelle M. and Haslam, S. Alexander and McNeill, Jade and Connolly, Helen (2011) No country for old men?: the role of a ‘Gentlemen's Club’ in promoting social engagement and psychological well-being in residential care Aging and Mental Health, 15 (4). 456-466. ISSN 1360-7863


Gleibs, Ilka H. and Noack, Peter and Mummendey, Amelie (2010) We are still better than them: a longitudinal field study of ingroup favouritism during a merger European Journal of Social Psychology, 40 (5). 819-836. ISSN 0046-2772


Gleibs, Ilka (2008) Nach der Fusion: wer werden wir? In: Fischer, Andrea and Gotthardt, Tina and Humberg, Kerstin and Lorenz, Tobias, (eds.) Drahtseilakt Leben: Junge Forscher Zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirklichkeit. Ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart, 149-174. ISBN 9783898219280

Gleibs, Ilka H. and Mummendey, Amélie and Noack, Peter (2008) Predictors of change in postmerger identification during a merger process: a longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95 (5). 1095-1112. ISSN 0022-3514


Gleibs, Ilka H. (2004) Nationale Identität und Fremdenfeindlichkeit bei Jugendlichen in Deutschland und Italien Villa Vigoni Memoranda, 8 (4). 161-177.


Raab, M. and Gleibs, Ilka (2002) Das Hot-hand-Phänomen: warum glauben Zuschauer, Spieler und Trainer, dass Erfolg Erfolg zeugt und Niederlagen Niederlagen? In: Strauss, B. and Tietjens, M. and Hagemann, N. and Stachelhaus, A., (eds.) Expertise Im Sport: Lehren – Lernen. BPS Verlag, Köln, 221-222.

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Third prize from the Deutscher Studienpreis (German Students’ Award) awarded by the Körber-Stiftung (Germany), nation-wide interdisciplinary research competition on “Focus on people? Concepts, models and ideas on how reconcile work with life” (2007) Student Travel Award awarded by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) to attend 8th Annual SPSP Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee (USA) (2007)

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