Jovchelovitch, Sandra

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch  


Position held

Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology


Experience keywords:

Brazil; Brazilian public sphere; belief systems; community development; dialogue and communication; health; inter-cultural dialogue; knowledge processes; participation; public sphere; social representations

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My research interests are in the social and cultural psychology of community and public spheres, knowledge and belief systems in contemporary societies, the social psychology of participation and community development. My current projects are a study of social regeneration, cultural dialogue and the use of art in Rio's favelas and an international investigation on how children represent the public world. My interests in Brazil cover the social psychology of the Brazilian public sphere, participation in the public sphere and community development.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Creative Industries and Culture; Healthcare; Policy and Regulatory Bodies


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Italian [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Portuguese [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

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Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6863



Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Priego-Hernandez, Jacqueline (2015) Cognitive polyphasia, knowledge encounters and public spheres In: Sammut, Gordon and Andreouli, Eleni and Gaskell, George and Valsiner, Jaan, (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Social Representations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 163-178. ISBN 9781107042001

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2015) The creativity of the social: imagination, development and social change in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas In: Glăveanu, Vlad Petre and Gillespie, Alex and Valsiner, Jaan, (eds.) Rethinking Creativity: Contributions from Social and Cultural Psychology. Cultural dynamics of social representation . Routledge, Hove, UK, 76-92. ISBN 9780415720540

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Priego-Hernandez, Jacqueline (2015) Desenvolvimento social em favelas do Rio de Janeiro: um guia prático London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Priego-Hernandez, Jacqueline (2015) Bottom-up social development in favelas of Rio de Janeiro: a toolkit London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Aveling, Emma-Louise and Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2014) Partnerships as knowledge encounters: a psychosocial theory of partnerships for health and community development Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (1). 34-45. ISSN 1359-1053


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2013) Esclarecendo a psicologia das cidades City Transformations: Urban Age Conference Newspaper (1 Oct 2013)

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2013) Self, community and urban frontiers in Rio de Janeiro City Transformations: Urban Age Conference Newspaper (1 Oct 2013)

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Concha, Natalia (2013) Kids Company: a diagnosis of the organisation and its interventions The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Concha, Natalia (2013) Kids Company: a diagnosis of the organisation and its interventions: executive summary The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Priego-Hernández, Jacqueline and Glăveanu, Vlad-Petre (2013) Constructing public worlds: culture and socio-economic context in the development of children's representations of the public sphere Culture and Psychology, 19 (3). 323-347. ISSN 1354-067X

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Priego-Hernandez, Jacqueline (2013) Underground sociabilities: identity, culture and resistance in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas UNESCO, Brasilia, Brazil. ISBN 9788576521808

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

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Priego-Hernandez, Jacqueline (2013) Sociabilidades subterrâneas: identidade, cultura e resistência em favelas do Rio de Janeiro UNESCO, Brasilia, Brazil. ISBN 9788576521792


Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Priego-Hernandez, Jacqueline (2012) Underground sociabilities: identity, culture and resistance in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Glăveanu, Vlad P. (2012) Motivation and social representations In: Harre, Rom and Moghaddam, Fathali M., (eds.) Psychology for the Third Millennium: Integrating Cultural and Neuroscience Perspectives . Sage Publications, London, UK, 166-181. ISBN 9780857022691

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2012) Narrative, memory and social representations: a conversation between history and social psychology Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 46 (4). 440-456. ISSN 1932-4502


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2011) Representações sociais e polifasia cognitiva: notas sobre a pluralidade e sabedoria da Razão em Psicanálise, sua imagem e seu público In: Almeida, Angela Maria de Oliveira and Souza , Maria de Fátima de and Trindade, Zeidi Araujo, (eds.) Teoria das representações sociais - 50 anos. TechnoPolitik Editora, Rio de Janeiro, 159-176. ISBN 9788562313073

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2011) Communicative action and the dialogical imagination In: Hook, Derek and Franks, Bradley and Bauer, Martin W., (eds.) The Social Psychology of Communication. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 127-151. ISBN 9780230247352


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2010) From social cognition to the cognition of the social: remembering Gerard Duveen Papers on Social Representations, 19. 3.1-3.10. ISSN 1021-5573


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2008) Os contextos do saber: representações, comunidade e cultura Editora Vozes, Petropolis, Brazilia.

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2008) Living to tell the story: narrative, history and representations in László's psychology of stories In: Vincze, Orsolya and Bigazzi, Sára, (eds.) Élmény, TöRténet – a TöRténetek Élménye . Pszichológiai horizont. Új Mandátum Könyvkiadó, Budapest, Hungary, 24-31. ISBN 9789639609839

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2008) Rehabilitation of common sense: social representations, science and cognitive polyphasia Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 38 (4). 431-449. ISSN 0021-8308


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2007) Knowledge in context : representations, community and culture (author summary) Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415287357

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2007) Trust and social representations: understanding the relations between self and other in the Brazilian public sphere In: Marková, Ivana and Gillespie, Alex, (eds.) Trust and Distrust: Sociocultural Perspectives. Advances in cultural psychology: constructing human development. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, USA, 105-120. ISBN 9781593118426

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2007) Reflections on the diversity of knowledge: power and dialogue in representational fields In: Sugiman, T and Gergern, K. J. and Wagner, W and Yamada, Y, (eds.) Meaning in Action: Constructions, Narratives, and Representations. Springer, Tokyo, Japan, 23-37. ISBN 9784431746799

Renedo, Alicia and Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2007) Expert knowledge, cognitive polyphasia and health: a study on social representations of homelessness among professionals working in the voluntary sector in London Journal of Health Psychology, 12 (5). 779-790. ISSN 1461-7277


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2006) Knowledge in context : representations, community, and culture Routledge, New York. ISBN 0415287340

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2006) Repenser la diversité de la connaissance: polyphasie cognitive, croyances et representations In: Hass, V., (ed.) Les Savois du Quotidian. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Rennes, France.


Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Guareschi, P.A., eds (2005) Textos em representações sociais [Texts on social representations] Vozes, Petrópolis, Brazil.

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2005) La fonction symbolique et la construction des representations: la dynamique communcationnelle ego/alter/object Hermés, 41 (1). 51-57. ISSN 0018-0777


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2004) Psicologia social : saber, comunidade e cultura Psicologia e Sociedade, 16 (2). 20-31. ISSN 0102-7182

Guareschi, Pedrinho and Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2004) Participation, health and the development of community resources in southern Brazil Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (2). 311-322. ISSN 1359-1053

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2004) Contextualiser les focus groups : comprendre groupes et cultures dans la recherche sur le représentations Bulletin de Psychologie, 57 (3). 245-252. ISSN 6062-4052


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2002) Social representations and narratives : stories of public life in Brazil In: Lazlo, J. and Rogers, W., (eds.) Narrative and Social Psychology. Budapest University Press, Budapest, Hungary.


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2001) Social representations, public life and social construction In: Deaux, Kay and Philogene, Gina, (eds.) Representations of the Social : Bridging Theoretical Traditions. Blackwell Publishing, London, UK. ISBN 0631215344


Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Bauer, Martin W. (2000) Narrative interviewing In: Bauer, Martin W. and Gaskell, G., (eds.) Qualitative Researching With Text, IMAge and Sound : a Practical Handbook. SAGE, London, UK, 57-74. ISBN 0761964819

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2000) Representações sociais e espaço público : a construção simbólica dos espaços públicos no Brasil [Social representations and public life : the symbolic construction of public spaces in Brazil] Vozes, Petrópolis, Brazil. ISBN 8532623468

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2000) Corruption flows in our blood : mixture and impurity in representations of public life in Brazil In: Chaib, M. and Orfali, B., (eds.) Social Representations and Communicative Processes. Jönköping University Press, Jönköping, Sweden, 139-155.

Campbell, Catherine and Jovchelovitch, Sandra (2000) Health, community and development : towards a social psychology of participation Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 10 (4). 255-270. ISSN 1052-9284


Wagner, Wolfgang and Farr, Robert and Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Lorenzi-Cioldi, Fabio and Marková, Ivana and Duveen, Gerard and Rose, Diana (1999) Theory and method of social representations Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 2 (1). 95-125. ISSN 1367-2223

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Gervais, Marie-Claude (1999) Social representations of health and illness: the case of the Chinese community in England Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 9 (4). 247-260. ISSN 1052-9284


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1998) Representações sociais : para uma fenomenologia dos saberes sociais Psicologia e Sociedade, 10 (1). 54-68. ISSN 0102-7182

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1998) Emancipation and domination in social representations of public life Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 32 (2). 169-189. ISSN 0034-9690

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1998) Intervening in the public sphere : emancipation and domination in representational fields In: Riga, A., (ed.) Social Representations and Contemporary Social Problems. Ellinika Grammata, Athens, Greece.

Gervais, Marie-Claude and Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1998) The health beliefs of the Chinese community in England: a qualitative research study Health Education Authority, London, England. ISBN 0752111817

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1998) Re(des)cobrindo o outro : para um entendimento da alteridade na teoria das representações sociais In: Arruda, A., (ed.) Representando a Alteridade. Vozes, Petropolis, Brazil, 69-82.

Gervais, Marie-Claude and Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1998) Health and identity: the case of the Chinese community in England Social Science Information, 37 (4). 709-729. ISSN 0539-0184


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1997) Peripheral groups and the transformation of social representations : queries on power and recognition Social Psychology Review, 1 (1). 16-26. ISSN 1369-7862


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1996) Espaços the mediação e gênese das representações sociais Psico, 27 (1). 193-205. ISSN 0103-5371

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1996) In defence of representations Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 26 (2). 121-135. ISSN 0021-8308

Humphreys, P. and Berkeley, D. and Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1996) Organisation psychology and psychologists in organisations : focus on organisational transformation Journal of the Interamerican Society of Psychology, 30 (1). 27-42. ISSN 0034-9690


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1995) Social representations in and of the public sphere : towards a theoretical articulation Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 25 (1). 81-102. ISSN 0021-8308

Rose, Diana and Efraim, Danielle and Gervais, Marie-Claude and Joffe, Helene and Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Morant, Nicola (1995) Questioning consensus in social representations theory Papers on Social Representations, 4 (2). 150-176. ISSN 1021-5573


Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1994) Vivendo a vida com os outros : espaço público, intersubjetividade e representações sociais In: Guareschi, P.A. and Jovchelovitch, Sandra, (eds.) Textos Em Representações Sociais. Vozes, Petropolis, Brazil, 63-85.

Jovchelovitch, Sandra (1994) Comment on Banchs' 'Desconstruyendo una desconstrucción : lectura de Ian Parker (1989) a la luz de los criterios de Parker y Shotter' Papers on Social Representations, 3 (2). 225-228. ISSN 1021-5573


Allansdottir, Agnes and Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Stathopoulou, Angela (1993) Some further points: replies to Augoustinos and Páez & González. Papers on Social Representations, 2. 31-32. ISSN 1021-5573

Jovchelovitch, Sandra and Allansdottir, A. and Stathopoulou, A. (1993) Social representations : the versatility of a concept Papers on Social Representations, 2 (1). 3-10. ISSN 1021-5573

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