Dr Aarti Iyer

Reader in Social and Health Psychology

Dr Aarti Iyer

I am a Reader in Social and Health Psychology. I teach research methods and statistics in the Psychology Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate-taught courses. I am also Departmental Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) and Membership Officer for our University’s Black, Asian, and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network.

I received my PhD in 2004 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, after which I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter for three years. In 2007, I moved to Australia to take up a continuing academic position at the University of Queensland. I joined the University of Sheffield as a Reader in February 2016.

My research investigates responses to inequality and injustice on the part of individuals – for example political attitudes and political behaviour, and organisations – for example affirmative action programmes, across a range of contexts, including race, gender and nationality.

Together with colleagues, I have published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters on these topics, with funding from the National Science Foundation (USA), the Australian Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council (UK).

My current projects investigate the impact of political humour on individuals’ emotions, attitudes, and behaviour; factors that promote high-status groups’ effective participation in social justice efforts; the experience of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK; and strategies to reduce the gap between people’s political action intentions and actual political behaviour.

I look forward to working with colleagues across the University on research, teaching, and ED&I issues.