culture, diversity and social behaviour (cdsb)

Aims of the programme

The CDSB programme is based at Centre for Psychological Research (PsyCen) at Leeds Beckett University. Researchers in this programme are primarily interested in understanding and examining how individuals’ psychological process and behaviours are shaped by culture and vice versa. Our research is not limited to the national level of culture, it also focuses on individual and group/organisational levels of culture. Our programme is currently focused on four main research categories, aiming to address important social and cultural issues within and across a broad range of different settings: 

Main themes of research activity

  • Power and incivility, political behaviour, inequality and social class
  • Stigma, culture and society
  • Racism, prejudice and discrimination
  • Diversity and inclusion

Our programme primarily contributes to REF Unit 4: Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience, but members also contribute to REF units such as Unit 17: Business and Management Studies, Unit 20: Social Work & Social Policy and Unit 23: Education. 

The CDSB programme is collaboratively working with other programmes within the Centre for Psychological Research (PsyCen). We run regular internal seminars and contribute to the main PsyCen seminars.  

Representative publications and projects 

We are interested in how race, gender and ethnicity affect people's experiences and behaviours in societies. Especially, we focus on the impacts of interpersonal and institutional racism and discrimination on physical and mental health.  

Budds, K. (2020). Fit to conceive? Representations of preconception health in the UK press. Feminism & Psychology.

Day, K., Rickett, B., & Woolhouse, M. (2020). Critical Social Psychology of Social Class. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Gough B., Milnes K., & Turner-Moore T. (2019). Young masculinities across five European countries: performing under pressure. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-14.  

Jankowski, G. S. (2020). Racism and class: How they overlap. [Animated Video].  

Jankowski, G. S. (2019). The sexism of men’s body dissatisfaction accounts. Psychology of Women & Equalities Review, 2(1), 38-54.   

Murray, R., Day, K., & Tobbell, J. (2019). Duvet woman versus action man: The gendered aetiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome according to English newspapers. Feminist Media Studies, 19(6), 890-905.

In the face of living, working and learning in diverse environments, we aim to extend our understanding of individuals’ beliefs, attitudes about and reactions to diversity and inclusion in various contexts. From the paradox perspective, we focus on examining how inclusion and diversity can positively affect our organisations and societies, as well as individuals’ psychology. We also interested in exploring the negative effects of lack of diversity and exclusionary behaviours (e.g., incivility, bullying, violence, discrimination) in organisations and societies.  

Sandle, R., Day, K., & Muskett, T. (2018). Working to feel better or feeling better to work? Discourses of wellbeing in austerity reality TV. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 14(2), 1-19. 

Singleton, P. (2020). Remodelling Barbie, making justice: an autoethnography of craftivist encounters. Feminism and Psychology, 1-19.

Woolhouse, M., Day, K., & Rickett, B. (2019). “Growing your own herbs” and “cooking from scratch”: Contemporary discourses around good mothering, food and class-related identities. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 29, 285-296.

We are keen to investigate the influence of stigma on help-seeking behaviours, disclosure and identity. This includes individuals with mental health conditions and neurodiverse individuals (e.g. autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental coordination disorder or dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dyslexia). We are particularly interested in how conditions shape, and are shaped by, cultural norms and standards and the consequences for social inclusion.   

Dockery, L., Jeffery, D., Schauman, O., Williams, P., Farrelly, S., Bonnington, O., Gabbidon, J., Lassman, F., Szmukler, G., Thornicroft, G., Clement, S., & MIRIAD study group (2015). Stigma- and non-stigma-related treatment barriers to mental healthcare reported by service users and carers. Psychiatry Research, 228, 612-619.

Farrelly, S., Clement, S., Gabbidon, J., Jeffrey, D., Dockery, L., Lassman, F., Brohan, E., Henderson, C., Williams, P., Howard, L. M., & Thornicroft, G. (2014). Anticipated and experienced discrimination amongst people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder: a cross-sectional study. BMC Psychiatry, 14, 157.

Gabbidon, J., Farrelly, S., Hatch, S., Henderson, C., Williams, P., Bhugra, D., Dockery, L., Lassman, F., Thornicroft, G., & Clement, S. (2014). Discrimination attributed to mental illness or race-ethnicity by users of community psychiatric services. Psychiatric Services, 65(11), 1360-1366.

Willard, E. F. (2016). Using Q methodology to investigate perspectives of secondary school children presenting with number processing difficulties. Debate British Psychological Society Publication, 160. ISSN 1471-5775 

Research grants
2018 – 2021: Improving Employability of Autistic Graduates in Europe (IMAGE); Fabri, M. (PI), Harkry, L. (Co-Investigator), & Wyatt-Millington, R. (Co-Investigator) Erasmus+

We examine how individuals’ values and norms as well as emotional, cognitive and behavioural outcomes in interpersonal and intergroup relationships can be shaped by cultural settings. One strand of research activity is focused on cultural variations in power, incivility and norms. We also examine the cultural underpinnings of individuals' engagement in political behaviours across a variety of contexts, geographical areas and issues. 

Moon, C., Weick, M., & Uskul, A. K. (2018). Cultural variation in individuals' responses to incivility by perpetrators of different rank: The mediating role of descriptive and injunctive norms. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48(4), 472-489.

Moon, C., Travaglino, G. A., & Uskul, A. K. (2018). Social value orientation and endorsement of horizontal and vertical individualism and collectivism: An exploratory study comparing individuals from North America and South Korea. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2262.   

Travaglino, G. A., & Moon, C. (2020). Power Distance Orientation as an Antecedent of Individuals’ Intentions to Engage in Radical Political Action. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 23(8), 1283-1308.

Moon, C., Morais, C., Randsley de Moura, G., & Uskul, A. K. (2020). The role of organizational structure on employees’ reactions and acceptance of upwards and downwards workplace deviance, International Journal of Conflict Management.