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Research interests

My research crosses the disciplines of social, organisational, and political psychology. In each domain, I study socialisation and identity formation processes: that is, how changes occur at the individual, group, and societal levels over time. I am primarily interested in how social interaction faciliates the development of shared social identities and norms for hostile intergroup behaviour. I was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship in 2016-7, in which I investigated processes of online radicalisation. 

Education/Academic qualification

Social psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Exeter

Social and organisational psychology, Master in Science, University of Exeter

Psychology, Bachelor of Science, University of Exeter

External positions

Associate Editor, British Journal of Social Psychology


  • psychology
  • Social identity
  • Radicalization
  • Social change
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Social Psychology

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Projects 2016 2020

IAA - Predicting Online Radicalization in Arabic

Smith, L.


Project: Research council

Elucidating the 'Shared Brain'

Hinvest, N., Ashwin, C., Dawes, J. & Smith, L.


Project: UK charity

Guarded talk

Smith, L.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2009 2019

Advancing the social psychology of rapid societal change

Smith, L., Livingstone, A. & Thomas, E., 1 Jan 2019, In : British Journal of Social Psychology. 58, 1, p. 33-44 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

After Aylan Kurdi: How Tweeting about Death, Threat, and Harm Predict Increased Expressions of Solidarity with Refugees over Time

Smith, L., McGarty, C. & Thomas, E., 1 Apr 2018, In : Psychological Science. 29, 4, p. 623-634 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Change
Social Media
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Reaching consensus promotes the internalization of commitment to social change

Thomas, E. F., McGarty, C., Stuart, A., Smith, L. G. E. & Bourgeois, L., 11 Aug 2018, In : Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Change
Developing countries
Climate change
Potable water

Refugee crisis: the immediate and lasting impacts of powerful images

Smith, L., 22 Jun 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access


An investigation into the reciprocal relationship between gender and careers

Author: Mcatamney, K., 23 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Smith, L. (Supervisor) & Keogh, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD