Psychology@LSE has three research groups with each research group functioning in an integrated way, with seminars and events under the group's name.
Health, Community and Development Taught by HCD staff, the Department of Social Psychology offers a unique research led masters programme which explores the role of community participation and small scale collective action in public health and the mechanisms whereby community development approaches have the potential to lead not only to improved health, but also to transformatory social action.
Health, Community and Development
Coordinator: Professor Catherine Cambell
Organisational Research The Organisational Research Group was established in 1984 as a research focus in the Department of Social Psychology in the domain areas of organizational analysis; decision making and decision analysis, modelling and design; management and project management and eliciting user requirements.
Coordinator: Dr Lucia Garcia
Science, Technology and the Public Sphere The STePS group (Science, Technology and the Public Sphere) was formed in the late 1990s and comprises researchers, projects and PhD students at the Department of Social Psychology who investigate the structure, dynamics and functions of common sense and public imagination in relation to scientific and technological innovation, which includes mapping the cultural authority of science (MACAS) in a global comparison.
Science Technology and the Public Sphere
Coordinator: Professor Martin Bauer
Culture and Cognition The study of culture has been a part of psychology since the work of Wundt in the 1880’s. But whilst Wundt argued that cognition and culture should be studied separately, more recent approaches have suggested that any account of one without the other is necessarily incomplete. There are many ways of understanding this interdependence of mind and culture. The Culture and Cognition Group is particularly interested in the role that evolutionary, developmental and ecological factors might play in regulating the connections between cognition and culture – both in terms of which representations people acquire in and across cultures, and how and with what success those representations circulate in that culture.
Culture and Cognition
Coordinator: Dr Bradley Franks
Intercultural Research Group (IRG) The Intercultural Research Group was established at the LSE’s Institute of Social Psychology as a forum for discussing how the discipline can critically engage in all aspects related to intercultural phenomena. The group consists of anyone interested in joining the debate, including faculty staff, academic researchers, PhD students, as well as public and third sector research workers. We continue to develop skills in collaborative research – which means developing a sense of how to work together, how to resolve differences, and how to promote productive dialogue and debate across differences of perspectives within academia and beyond.
The Intercultural Research Group (IRG)
Papers on Social Representations (PSR) Papers on Social Representations represents a home for original papers related to the development of Social Representations Theory and its applications. Social Representations Theory was first proposed by Professor Serge Moscovici in 1961 and since has become a major theoretical perspective within Social Psychology. It develops a theory of social cognition, culture and communication that connects knowledge practices, identity processes, psychological processes, ideology and social change.
Papers on Social Representations (PSR)
Coordinator: Dr Caroline Howarth
Each research group:
Has been highly successful in attracting external research funding
Has produced a series of internationally recognised research publications
Is affiliated with interdisciplinary units or networks in LSE and beyond
Hosts a series of seminars and research meetings
Offers an environment for the conduct of PhD research
Informs research-led teaching at the graduate level.