PBS postgraduate prizes


The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science recognises the exceptional work of our students and awards prizes for each of our taught postgraduate programmes under the following categories:

Hilde Himmelweit award for overall performance, named after the late pioneer of social psychology, Professor Hilde Himmelweit, one of the founders of our department (formerly the Department of Social Psychology). 

The Rob Farr award for best dissertation, named after another founder of the department, and driver of social psychology, Professor Robert Farr. This prize is awarded to students who have produced an exceptional piece of dissertation research.

Below you will find a list of recent prize-winners and, with their permission, their dissertation research. 


The following dissertations have been published by The London School of Economics and Political Science ("LSE"), Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE. Copyright is owned by the author named below © 2021. 

The author has asserted their moral rights.  As such, they must be identified as the author of the dissertation.

No part of the following publications may be reproduced; issued, circulated or transmitted to any person or body in any form or by any means; or stored in any retrieval system without the prior written permission of LSE. All queries should be sent to

The class of 2019 - 2020

Hilde Himmelweit award for overall performance

Congratulations to:

Teresa Almeida, MSc Behavioural Science. Trust me, I’m a machine: The effect of human appearance on self-reported and behavioural trust in human–agent interactions. Read this dissertation here (PDF).

Marian Kruger, MSc Psychology of Economic Life

Verena Lossa, MSc Organisational and Social Psychology

Diana Michaelis, MSc Social and Cultural Psychology. Self-Continuity and Self-Transformationof the interviewed European and American women married to their Egyptian partners within their transcultural marriage in Egypt. Click here to read this dissertation.

Lucia Urbanikova, MSc Social and Public Communication. Reading Story, Eating Healthy? The Effects of the Narrative Versus Informational Nutritional Message on DietaryIntentions and Self-efficacy of Low Socioeconomic Status Groups. Click here to read this dissertation.

Rob Farr award for best dissertation

Congratulations to:

Nils Mallock, MSc Behavioural Science. Comfort in Radicalism? Self-affirmation, Personal Characteristics and Political Violence. Click here to read this dissertation (PDF).

Marian Kruger, MSc Psychology of Economic Life. Paving the way for social change: Concrete utopias affect people’s attitudes towards and intentions for change. Click here to read this dissertation (PDF).

Sarah Christensen, MSc Organisational and Social Psychology. “I think I might be a bit wobbly in my corona moral”: An explorative study of social representations and moral functioning during the COVID-19 lockdown. Click here to read this dissertation (PDF).

Monica Gonzalez-Gort, MSc Social and Cultural Psychology. Beyond safe spaces: Building transformative scenarios in post-conflict societies. Click here to read this dissertation (PDF).

Aubrey Lawrence, MSc Social and Public Communication