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. 

Teaching interests

  • Social psychology
  • Qualitative research methods

Other responsibilities

  • First year tutor 
  • Deputy Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath

20142018

Award Date: 23 Nov 2018

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

20132014

Psychology, Bachelor of Science, Open University

20092012

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

BPS Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

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