Project: Some environmental minority practices (such as veganism, commuting by bike, voluntary simplification) can be interpreted as “moral”. Existing research suggests that members of such moralized minority practice groups can be derogated, because non-members feel morally threatened. This project will explore how this perception of moral threat could be reduced, with the aim of eliminating derogation sometimes experienced by those who practice certain sustainable behaviours, and removing barriers that people may perceive in adopting new sustainable practices.
In particular, we will use intergroup contact framework to explore what affects the quality of contact between members and non-members of “moralised minority practice groups”. We will trace natural contact experiences over time, and conduct experimental studies to understand which factors contribute to positive intergroup interactions and willingness to adopt minority sustainable practices. These factors could include self-presentation choices made by each side, communicative goals, as well as situational factors, such as threat activation.
The project will be supervised by Dr Anna Rabinovich (University of Sussex) in collaboration with Dr. Tim Kurz (University of Western Australia). This studentship covers Home or International level PhD tuition fees, a stipend (currently £17,668 pa) plus some research and training costs.
What you get: • A stipend for 3 years (rising in line with UKRI studentship rates, currently £17,668 p.a.) to cover living costs. • Home fees or International fees and research/training costs are also covered for 3 years. • You will also be expected to take up Doctoral Tutoring during your 6 semesters (3 years) of funding. This work is paid at Grade 5.1 (currently £13.88 per hour), and covers contact time, preparation and marking. You will be expected to work approximately 165 hours per year, dependent on modules selected and availability.
Deadline: 11 January 2023 23:59
To apply: Please follow the link: https: // www. sussex.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/phd- funding/view/1527-Psychology-Doctoral-Research-Studentship-Removing-barriers- to-sustainable-behaviour-adoption-by-reducing-moral-threat-Exploring- intergroup-contact-between-members-and-non-members-of-moralised-minority- practice-groups