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Richard Hamshaw


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Research interests

I am a social psychologist with an interest in the use of social media, and specifically in relation to health.  I am interested in how we engage with newer forms of data like social media, and novel approaches to researching these domains. 

My current research explores how people with food allergies and food intolerances use social media. I am specifically looking at how issues associated with allergy and intolerance are discussed and debated on social media, and in what way users come to see social media sources as credible, persuasive or expert.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath


Research Methods in Psychology , Master of Science, University of Southampton


Psychology, Bachelor of Science, Open University


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Research Output 2017 2019

Open Access

Tweeting and eating: The effect of links and likes on food hypersensitive consumers’ perceptions of tweets

Hamshaw, R. J. T., Barnett, J. & Lucas, J. S., 23 Apr 2018, In : Frontiers in Public Health. 6, p. 1-12 12 p., 118.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Media
Food Hypersensitivity
Health Communication
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Open Access
Food Legislation
Social Media
Food Hypersensitivity


The information preferences of those with food allergies and food intolerances: Learning from social media

Author: Hamshaw, R. J. T., 7 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Barnett, J. (Supervisor), Gavin, J. (Supervisor) & Lucas, J. S. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD