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Durham University



Dr Julie Van de Vyver

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology

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Research interests summary

I am a social and developmental psychologist interested in uncovering and testing effective strategies for promoting prosocial behaviours and reducing prejudice and discrimination. My research employs experimental, cross-sectional, and longitudinal methods and lab-based and field-based studies to further develop our understanding of prosociality and prejudice. My approach is to understand not just the processes at work but also the practical steps for intervention. In particular I am interested in employing research to help advance the effectiveness of public and civil sector endeavours.

Short biography

  • 2018-present: Assistant Professor in quantitative social psychology, Durham University
  • 2016-2018: Lecturer in psychology, University of Lincoln
  • 2012-2016: ESRC-funded PhD in moral emotions and prosocial behaviour, University Kent, supervised by Professor Dominic Abrams
  • 2011-2012: MSc in Social and Applied Psychology, University of Kent
  • 2007-2010: BSc Psychology, University of Kent

Research Interests

  • Arts engagement
  • Behaviour change
  • Good relations
  • Intergroup contact
  • Moral emotion
  • Prejudice
  • Pro-environmental behaviour
  • Prosocial behaviour
  • Social identity and intergroup and intragroup dynamics


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