Who are we?

Professor Dominic Abrams

Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, University of Kent (UK).

Domonic Abrams

As director of the CSGP Professor Abrams research interests cover all aspects of relationships between social groups, particularly the psychological causes, characteristics and effects of social exclusion. He has worked extensively in the area of social identity and prejudice and how different types of group membership (ranging from age and gender to nationality, neighbourhood and teams) affect people’s social relationships, health and well-being. His research spans childhood to old age and encompasses a wide range of methods from laboratory experiments to national surveys, and both quantitative and qualititative methods.

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Professor Luisa Lima

Director of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities , ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute (Portugal).

Luisa Lima

Professor Luisa Lima is a social psychologist that has centred her research interests on the relationship between the person and the environment.  In particular her work has focused on the social factors affecting risk perception, applied to environmental and health topics. Her research in environmental issues has shown the importance of social relationships and local identities to understand risk perception and communities’ attitudes associated to new technological projects. In the same way, her studies on health issues show the importance of social factors (namely age and gender  stereotypes) in the way health risks are perceived.

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Sibila Marques (PHD)

Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention, Lisbon University

Institute (Portugal)

Sibila Marques

Dr. Sibila Marques has been particularly interested in exploring the topic of aging from a psychosocial perspective. Her research has focused mostly on exploring the determinants of ageism and the consequences of this type of prejudice in several contexts (health, community, work). Some of the topics that she explored focus on the following themes: i) automatic effects of aging stereotypes on older people’s health perceptions and behaviors; ii) perceived age discrimination and consequences for well-being; iii) aging negative perceptions and consequences for future planning in younger people


C.-Melanie Vauclair (PHD)

Post-doctoral Research Fellow at ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute (Portugal).

Melanie Vauclair

Melanie Vauclair is a social psychologist with a special interest in cross-cultural similarities and differences. Her past research has been in the area of intergroup relations, acculturation, values and morality. She is currently investigating the impact of cultural values (e.g. honoring elders) on attitudes to age and experiences of ageism. She is also interested in studying attitudes to age among ethnic minorities. Melanie is experienced in both complex quantitative analyses (using primary and secondary data) as well as qualitative research. She is passionate about disseminating research to the public and has therefore also published for non-academic audiences as well as policy makers.


Christopher Bratt (PHD)

Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Kent (UK).


Dr. Christopher Bratt combines interests in psychological and sociological research, with a particular interest in intergroup relations and various aspects of psychological well-being. Most of his current research focuses on adolescents in a multiethnic setting, with studies on intergroup attitudes, psychological well-being and delinquent behaviour. Chris has a strong interest in research design in field settings and how analyses of data from cross-sectional or longitudinal surveys can be tailored to improve measurements and causal interferences. He has also conducted several large-scale projects based on qualitative methods


Hannah Swift (PHD)

Post-doctoral researcher at Centre for the Study of Group Processes, School of Psychology,

University of Kent (UK).

Hannah Swift

My current research projects use the Attitudes to Age module in the European Social Survey (ESS) to investigate, compare and contrast people's attitudes to younger and older people across the European region. It also involves using the ESS data to research the psychological and societal bases of attitudes to age, to test psychological theories of prejudice in relation to ageism and explore further experiences of age discrimination and their impacts on well-being.

My PhD used a range of research methods to investigate processes of ageism, people's attitudes to age and the effects of age stereotypes, which have important practical and policy related implications. I used experimental research methods to investigate the detrimental impact of age stereotypes that denote older people as incompetent on older people in three very relevant domains; cognitive ability, physical functioning and in evaluations of fear of crime. I applied multilevel modelling techniques to the 2008-9 ESS data to explore the impact of experiences of ageism and attitudes to age on well-being. I have an interest in using 'real world observational data' to explore how ageism manifests in everyday life. I am also interested in exploring the impact of positive attitudes to age and conditions that contribute to healthy, active and successful ageing.

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Ruth Lamont (PHD)

PhD Student at Centre for the Study of Group Processes, School of Psychology, University of Kent (UK).

Ruth is carrying out her PhD at the University of Kent. Her undergraduate and master’s degree projects researched the consequences of negative age stereotypes on problem solving and physical performance in later life. Her PhD will explore further i) the mechanisms that cause peoples physical behaviours to be negatively affected by these age stereotypes and; ii) factors that to some extent guard people against these negative effects. In addition to looking at the effect that age stereotypes have on everyday physical behaviours, she will look at important attitudes and intentions, overall considering how age stereotypes may negatively affect the equal and active participation of different age groups within society.


Libby Cuthbert (MSc)

PhD Student at Centre for the Study of Group Processes, School of Psychology, University of Kent (UK).

Libby is just starting her PhD studying and researching applied social psychology at the University of Kent.  Her subsequent PhD will use experimental studies, surveys and qualitative research to examine how the unique aspects of ageism are affected by established and contemporary social cognitive theories related to intergroup contact.  With a focus on ageism, she will explore imagined intergroup contact, intergroup dynamics and contact interventions designed to reduce the negative outcomes of ageist attitudes. Libby is particularly interested in how intergroup contact can improve attitudes, increase performance and how it differs in its effects on those of all ages; the young; middle-aged and elderly. She is keen for her research to improve understanding of ageism and extend contributions towards policy formation and the design of intergenenerational program


Dave Langdale

University of Kent (UK).

Dave Langdale

Dave completed his third year placement at the University of Kent, from the University of Bath. His role in EURAGE has been primarily design based. He has designed the logo and been involved in the creation of the website and its maintenance, as well as being responsible for putting together leaflets, business cards and report templates. He has also been heavily involved this year in a project for the Department of Work and Pensions.



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