Miles Hewstone is the Director of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.
Miles Hewstone studied psychology at the University of Bristol in 1978, obtained his D.Phil from Oxford University in 1981, and his Habilitation from the University of Tubingen, Germany, in 1986. He then undertook postdoctoral work with Serge Moscovici (in Paris) and Wolfgang Stroebe (in Tübingen). He has previously held chairs in social psychology at the universities of Bristol, UK; Mannheim, Germany; and Cardiff, UK.
He has published widely in the field of experimental social psychology, focusing on prejudice and stereotyping, intergroup contact, the reduction of intergroup conflict, sectarianism in Northern Ireland, and segregation and integration. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Miles's major current focus is on intergroup contact. Recent significant contributions include research on longitudinal studies, extended contact, the secondary transfer effect, and effects of diversity. Miles is the founding co-editor of the European Review of Social Psychology. He has been actively involved in public policy input relating to improving intergroup relations in the United Kingdom, including The Equalities Review, Cabinet Office, the Commission on Integration and Cohesion and most recently with the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and the Department for Education. Miles has received a number of awards, including, most recently, the Codol Medal (2014) from the European Association of Social Psychology.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Causal Attribution
- Intergroup Relations
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Social Cognition
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- Dovidio, J. F., Hewstone, M., Glick, P., & Esses, V. M. (Eds.). (2010). The SAGE handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. London: Sage Publications.
- Hewstone, M. (1989). Causal attribution: From cognitive processes to collective beliefs. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
- Hewstone, M., Stroebe, W., & Jonas, K. (Eds.). (2015). Introduction to Social Psychology (6th ed.). Oxford: Blackwell.
- Al Ramiah, A., & Hewstone, M. (2013). Intergroup contact as a tool for reducing, resolving and preventing intergroup conflict: Evidence, limitations, and potential. American Psychologist, 68, 527-542.
- Al Ramiah, A., Schmid, K., Hewstone, M., & Floe, C. (2015). Why are all the White (Asian) kids sitting together in the cafeteria? Resegregation and the role of intergroup attributions and norms. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54, 100-124.
- Christ, O., Hewstone, M., Tausch, N., Wagner, U., Voci, A., Hughes, J., & Cairns, E. (2010). Direct contact as a moderator of extended contact effects: Cross-sectional and longitudinal impact on attitudes and attitude strength. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1662-1674.
- Christ, O., Schmid, K., Lolliot, S., Swart, H., Stolle, D., Tausch, N., Al Ramiah, A., Wagner, A., Vertovec, S., & Hewstone, M. (2014). Contextual effect of positive intergroup contact on outgroup prejudice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 3996-4000.
- Hewstone, M. (2015). Consequences of diversity for social cohesion and prejudice: the missing dimension of intergroup contact. Journal of Social Issues, 71, 417-438.
- Hewstone, M., & Swart, H. (2011). Fifty-odd years of inter-group contact: From hypothesis to integrated theory. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 374–386.
- Kauff, M., Schmid, K., Lolliot, S., Al Ramiah, A., & Hewstone, M. (2016). Intergroup contact effects via ingroup distancing among majority and minority groups: Moderation by social dominance orientation. PLoS ONE, 11.
- Schmid, K., Al Ramiah, A., & Hewstone, M. (2014). Neighborhood ethnic diversity and trust: The role of intergroup contact and perceived threat. Psychological Science, 25, 665–674.
- Schmid, K., Hewstone, M., Küpper, B., Zick, A., & Wagner, U. (2012). Secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact: a cross-national comparison in Europe. Social Psychology Quarterly, 75, 28-51.
- Schmid, K., Hewstone, M., & Tausch, N. (2013). Secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact via social identity complexity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 4, 135 – 142.
- Tam, T., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J., & Cairns, E. (2009). Intergroup trust in Northern Ireland. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 45-59.
- Tausch, N., Hewstone, M., Kenworthy, J., Psaltis, C., Schmid, K., Popan, J., Cairns, E., & Hughes, J. (2010). Secondary transfer effects of intergroup contact: Alternative accounts and underlying processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 282-302.
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