Ms Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir

Ms Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir

PhD student

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

Room No
QUE 3.19
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English, Turkish
Key Expertise
social identity, migration, religion, refugees, equality

About me

PhD title: Cross-national helping in global emergencies: Social identity and cognitive approaches

Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the LSE, sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of National Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from King’s College London.

Her research examines how social identity and cognitive factors affect political support for and helping responses towards refugees. In doing so, she scrutinises intergroup helping in the context of Syrian-refugee emergency and runs cross-cultural studies through online surveys and experiments. She aims to identify distinctive pathways for unique groups of potential helpers to support refugees. Her other research interests are equality, diversity, and inclusion in academia and academic knowledge.

In the Department, she served as a PhD Representative from 2016 to 2018, assisted organising departmental research seminars in 2016/17, and has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant since 2017 for both undergraduate- and postgraduate-level courses, including Psychological and Behavioural Science, Research Methods for Psychological and Behavioural Science, and Social Psychology. She is a member of British Psychological Society (BPS), European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), and Society for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues (SPSSI). She has been selected to SPSSI’s Graduate Student Committee as Membership Coordinator, Member-at-Large to serve in 2019/20.


SPSSI Grants-in-Aid Award, LSE Class Teacher Award for Learning Development, LSE Beveridge 2.0 Festival Research Competition Popular Prize



Expertise Details

social identity; bystander intervention; intergroup relations; helping; prosocial behaviour; altruism; charitable donations; migration; Syrian refugee