Department of Psychology

Social & Cultural Psychology

Critical Research in Social Psychology (CRISP) group

The CRISP group involves academic and research staff and postgraduate students from Psychology and other social science departments.


Social & Cultural Psychology research focuses on identity and discourse in social and cultural contexts, investigating beliefs, practices, representations and decision-making in everyday situations.

Research focus

  • Youth, consumption and identity
  • Gender relations and young people’s alcohol consumption
  • Organizational psychology and the management of risk
  • Attitude-behaviour relations
  • Behavioural and mental habits
  • Emotion regulation
  • Economic and environmental psychology
  • Personal relationships in cyberspace
  • Siblings and subjectivities
  • Identities and education
  • Social and organizational identity formation
  • Inter- and intra-group processes
  • Personal and professional transitions

Recent research projects include studies on music festivals and free parties as sites of ‘managed’ and ‘unmanaged’ consumption; young people's uses of alcohol; club cultures as a site for social and political participation; and forms of identity in cyberspace relationships.

Other current projects include a study of simulations of personal carbon trading schemes and psychological aspects of the credit crunch, and interventions to promote ecologically sustainable behaviours.

Our staff

We also have a thriving postgraduate community exploring areas such as:

  • Social drinking practices amongst working class and middle class young women
  • Masculinity and dance
  • The sexualisation of culture
  • Self-regulation in consumer behaviour and health
  • Magic mushroom use
  • The construction of sexual identity amongst lesbian-identified women
  • Online support for stigmatised health and lifestyle practices
  • The role of the internet in identity construction (or cyber-identities)
  • Psychic and social constructions of ME in families
  • Psychology of religion