Keynotes

Professor Alex Haslam

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Alex Haslam is Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Exeter and a former Commonwealth Scholar at Macquarie University (Sydney) and Jones Scholar at Emory University (Atlanta).

At Exeter he is part of a team of internationally renown researchers who conduct theory-driven research into a range of core social and organizational topics — including leadership, motivation, stereotyping, group conflict, stress and prejudice. His work in this team is also informed by close collaborations with colleagues in Australia, Europe and North America.

In 2005 he received a Kurt Lewin award from the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology for outstanding contribution to research in social psychology. In 2006 he was made a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Alex is well known to A Level teachers for his BBC Prison Study (with Steve Reicher) and also for the many talks he gives to teachers and students most recently on Tyranny and Evil.

Weblink: http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/profiles/profile.php?id=alex_haslam

Professor Vasudevi Reddy

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After completing her Bachelors degree in Psychology, English Literature and Political Science (1975) and Masters in Psychology (1977) in Hyderabad India, she did her PhD at Edinburgh University (between 1977 and 1983). Returning to India she taught Psychology at the University College for Women in Hyderabad for three years. Vasu has been teaching at British universities from 1986 and she is currently Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth.

Vasu’s research interests are in the origins and development of social cognition, mainly in young infants. For twenty years she has been exploring the role of emotional engagement in social understanding, focusing on the everyday, ordinary engagements (such as teasing and joking and showing-off or feeling shy) which often tend to get ignored in mainstream theories.

This interest in engagement as the route to understanding has led her to questions about the nature and influence of cultural engagements on social understanding. Current research projects include an EU 6th framework project on the origins and development of compliance with directives (conducted in Hyderabad and in Portsmouth).

Weblink: www.port.ac.uk/departments/academic/psychology/staff/title,50469,en.html

Professor Helen Haste

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Helen is Professor of Psychology at the University of Bath, and Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a long record of research and publication in moral, social and political values, and on the interface of science and culture, including issues in gender and science. Her work includes research on culture and metaphor, on the public image of science particularly in the media, and on ethics and citizenship education. She is currently working on citizenship and education, and on the concept of ‘competence’.

She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was President of the International Society for Political Psychology in 2002. She received the Nevitt Sanford Award for lifetime contribution to political psychology, from the International Society of Political Psychology in 2005.

Helen Haste is the author or editor of five books, and numerous research reports. She has published in popular science journals and news media as well as extensively in the academic literature. She regularly broadcasts on radio and television. She also frequently gives public lectures, in addition to her university work. She has been involved for thirty years with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, of which she has been a Vice-President, and was Chair from 2004-5. She is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.

Weblink: http://people.bath.ac.uk/hssheh/

Dr Sanjay Jobanputra

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Sanjay is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at the University of Westminster, which he joined in 1992. He is also the Course Leader for the Part-Time Psychology pathway.

Sanjay studied his first degree in psychology at what was North East London Polytechnic (now University of East London). After graduating in 1985, he worked in a number of community-based projects as a Drug Worker, Alcohol Advisory Worker and HIV/AIDS Social Worker.

In 1989 he received his MSc from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. His PhD (2003) explored the experiences of black and minority ethnic students studying psychology. He has continued research in this area, and has also delivered workshops on diversity in the classroom. In addition, Sanjay has been involved in exploring the impact of online technology on student learning.

He is involved in the following teaching areas: Psychology of Prejudice; I.T. skills; Studies in Consciousness; Research Methods; and Psychology of Counselling. Sanjay is a keen runner, and a proud father and husband.

Weblink: http://www.wmin.ac.uk/sshl/page-423

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