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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 research has looked at how people with food allergies and food intolerances use social media, specifically looking at how issues associated with allergy and intolerance are discussed and debated on social media. I am also interested in how users come to see social media sources as credible, persuasive or expert. More recently, I have started to explore men's attitudes towards their appearance and grooming, and in what way society and social media might influence behaviours and expectations. 

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath


Award Date: 23 Nov 2018

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


Psychology, Bachelor of Science, Open University


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Research Output

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
  • Framing the debate and taking positions on food allergen legislation: the 100 chefs incident on social media

    Hamshaw, R. J. T., Barnett, J. & Lucas, J. S., 2017, In : Health Risk & Society. 19, 3-4, p. 145-167 24 p.

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    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