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Dr Shelley McKeown Jones

Dr Shelley McKeown Jones

Dr Shelley McKeown Jones
BSc(Ulster), PhD(Ulster)

Associate Professor in Social Psychology

Office 1.15
Helen Wodehouse Building,
35 Berkeley Square, Clifton BS8 1JA
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 4389

Research summary

I am a social psychologist whose research focuses broadly on understanding how to improve intergroup relations in diverse and conflict settings. I have expertise in quantitative methods and am particularly interested in applying social psychological theories to shape policy and practice in education and beyond. Influenced by my time spent growing up in Northern Ireland, my research centres around a number of key areas:

  • Segregation: Examining how and why individuals from different religious, racial and ethnic groups interact in everyday life spaces.
  • Reducing prejudice: Understanding how various forms of intergroup contact can be used to reduce prejudice towards stigmatised groups.
  • Pro-social behaviour ...

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Shelley joined the School of Education as a Lecturer in the Psychology of Education in August 2014 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology in 2017 and Associate Professor in Social Psychology in 2019. She previously worked as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Leiden University College (The Hague) in the Netherlands and as Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.


Shelley completed her BSc. in Social Psychology in 2008 followed by a Ph.D. in April 2012, both at the University of Ulster. Working alongside the late Professor Ed Cairns, her Ph.D. focused on examining the ...

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