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Politics Policy and Practice


This vibrant group of psychologists and lecturers in psychology from the UK, Europe and the United States has established a track record in through a range of outputs in leading initiatives and using psychological research to influence government policy in a number of arenas, including employment, higher education and the community. Specifically, this has included launching the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Psychology in Parliament, leading the establishment of the political psychology section within the British Psychological Society (AW, SC, JM, PB, AP) and publishing research across UK and European organisations on best practice to promote psychological principles in employment for those already in and seeking to join the workforce (CE, AP, AW, SC). In addition, ML has prepared guidance for stakeholders in the implementation of neighbourhood renewal. The PP&P Group is keen to engage with stakeholders and would-be students across a number of areas of public policy in the UK and abroad.


  • Peter Bull
  • Sharon Coen
  • Janine Crosbie
  • Rod Dubrow-Marshall
  • Clare Edge
  • Michael Lomas
  • Anne Pearson
  • Sara Vestergren
  • Ashley Weinberg

Resources and Facilities

We regularly organise events open to the public, as well as workshops and training events. These take place in the cutting edge locations of MediaCity UK Campus  and ThinkLab, among others.


We also conduct consultancy work, for example in the areas of work and organisational psychology and effective communication. We can help on any aspect of study design, including data collection and expert interpretation of findings.  For enquiries, please contact Dr. Ashley Weinberg

Topic areas and outputs


  • Bull, P. (2014), Negrine, R. & Hawn, K. Telling it like it is or just telling a good story?  Editing techniques in news coverage of the British parliamentary expenses scandal. Language & Dialogue, 4(2), 213-233.
  • Bull, P. and Simon-Vandenbergen, A-M. (2014) Equivocation and doublespeak in far right-wing discourse: an analysis of Nick Griffin’s performance on BBC’s Question Time. Text & Talk, 34 (1), 1-22.
  • Bull, P.  (2013) The role of adversarial discourse in political opposition: Prime Minister’s questions And the British phone-hacking scandal.  Language & Dialogue, 3(2), 254–272.
  • Curran, J., Coen, S., Soroka, S., Aalberg, T., Hayashi, K. et al (2014) Reconsidering ‘virtuous circle’ and ‘media malaise’ theories of the media: An 11-nation study. Journalism, 15 (7), 815-833.
  • Curran, J., Coen, S., Aalberg, T., Hayashi, K., Jones, P.K. Splendore, S. et al. (2013) Internet revolution revisited: a comparative study of online news. Journalism Practice, 7 (6), 690-704.
  • Feldman, O., Kinoshita, K., & Bull, P. (2016) ‘Ducking and Diving’: How political issues affect equivocation in Japanese political interviews. Japanese Journal of Political Science, 17(2), 141-167.
  • Meredith, J. & Richardson, E. (in press). The use of the categories Brexiter and Remainer in online comment threads. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology.
  • Papathanassopoulos, S., Coen, S., Curran, J., Aalberg, T., Rowe, D., Jones, P et al. (2013) Online threat, but television is still dominant: A comparative study of 11 nations’ news consumption. Media, Culture & Society, 35 (7), 880-897.
  • Waddle, M. & Bull, P. (2016) Playing the man, not the ball: Personalisation in political interviews. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 35(4), 412-434.
  • Weinberg, A. (2016) Politics, personality and surviving the workplace. In A-S. Antoniou and C.L. Cooper (eds.) Coping, Personality and the Workplace, pp. 39-52. London: Gower Publishing.
  • Weinberg, A. (2015) A longitudinal study of the impact of changes in the job and the expenses scandal on UK national politicians’ experiences of work, stress and the home-work interface. Parliamentary Affairs, 68 (2), 248-271. doi:10.1093/pa/gst013
  • Weinberg, A. (ed.) (2012) The Psychology of Politicians. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978–0-521 -13066-0

Community, Health and Education

  • Coen, S, Meredith, J., & Condie, J.M. (2017). I dig therefore we are: community archaeology, place-based social identity, and intergroup relations within local communities. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27(3), 212-225.  
  • Galpin, A.J., Meredith, J., Ure, C.M. and Robinson, L. (2017). “Thanks for letting us all share your mammogram experience virtually”: Developing an online hub for cancer screening, Journal of Medical Internet Research: Cancer, 3(2), e17.
  • Hichy, Z., Coen, S. and Di Marco, G. (2015) The interplay between religious orientations, state secularism, and gay rights issues. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11 (1), 82-101.
  • Hichy, Z., Coen, S., Di Marco, G. and Gerges, M.H.H. (2013) Outgroup evaluation, religious identity, and acculturation orientations of the Coptic minority in Egypt. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 84, 491-495.
  • Manzi, C., Coen, S., Regalia, C., Yévenes, A.M., Giuliani, C. and Vignoles, V.L. (2018) Being in the Social: A cross-cultural and cross-generational study on identity processes related to Facebook use. Computers in Human Behavior, 80, 81-87
  • Pearson, A. and Weinberg, A. (2015) Psychological considerations in attending for mammography screening. In P. Hogg et al (eds.) Digital Mammography: A holistic approach. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Pearson, A. and Weinberg, A. (2017) The Impact of Counsellor Training on Emotional Intelligence. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 45(5), 610-621.
  • Weinberg, A. (2017) Working: time bomb or time well spent? In A-S. Antoniou, C.L. Cooper and R. Burke (eds.) The Ageing workforce: Individual, Organisational and Societal Challenges, pp. 469-488. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
  • Weinberg, A. and Murphy, M. (2012) Stress in social work. In A. Worsley, T. Mann, A. Olsen and E. Mason-Whitehead (eds) Key Concepts in Social Work Practice. London: Sage. ISBN: 9781446207307
  • Woods, R., Fernández, A. and Coen, S. (2012)The use of religious metaphors by UK newspapers to describe and denigrate climate change. Public Understanding of Science, 21 (3), 323-339.


  • Coen, S. and Manzi, C. (in press)Age-Based stereotype threat and negative outcomes in the workplace: Exploring the roles of work-age identity integration, gender, and employment status. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Edge, C., Cooper, A.M. and Coffey, M. (2017) Barriers and facilitators to extended working lives in Europe: A gender focus. Public Health Review, 38(2).
  • Weinberg, A., Hudson, J., Pearson, A. and Chaudhury, S. (in press) Organisational uptake of NICE guidance in promoting employees’ psychological health. Occupational Medicine.
  • Weinberg, A. and Doyle, N. (2017) Psychology at Work. Leicester: British Psychological Society. Report launched at the House of Commons and via the Division of Occupational Psychology in Northern Ireland.
  • Weinberg, A. (2016) The preventative impact of management coaching on psychological strain. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(1), 93-105.
  • Weinberg, A. (2016) When the work is not enough: The sinister stress of boredom. In: G. Fink (ed.) Stress Concepts and Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior, pp. 195-201, Volume 1 of the Handbook of Stress Series. San Diego: Elsevier Inc.
  • Weinberg, A. and Cooper, C.L. (2012) Stress in Turbulent Times. Basingstoke, Palgrave-Macmillan. ISBN: 978-0-230-23560-1
  • Weinberg, A. and Cooper, C.L. (2011) The challenge of stress in modern organisations. In R.J. Contrada and A. Baum (eds.) Handbook of Stress Science:  Biology, Psychology, and Health, p. 151-166. New York: Springer. ISBN: 978-082611471-6.
  • Weinberg, A., Sutherland, V.J. and Cooper, C.L. (2010) Organizational Stress Management: A strategic approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN: 978-0-230-20392-1.
  • Weinberg, A. and Cooper, C.L. (2007) Surviving the workplace: A guide to emotional well-being at work. London: Thomson Learning. ISBN: 978-1-86152-999-2.

PhD outputs

  • Alreshidi, M., Weinberg, A. and Hynes, C. (2018) The impact of training on emotional intelligence, leadership styles and self-efficacy in Saudi Arabia. Paper given at the Institute of Work Psychology conference, ‘Work Psychology: Shaping the future’, Sheffield, June.
  • Ateyah, M. and Weinberg, A. (2018) Prevalence of cyberbullying among academic staff in higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Poster presented at the 11th International Conference on Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace, Bordeaux.
  • Hudson, J. and Weinberg, A. (2017) The best laid plans: process evaluation of an organisational-level stress-management intervention in the public sector during austerity. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Dublin.
  • Lomas, M. (2018) Experiences of place attachment and mental well-being in the context of neighbourhood regeneration: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. British Environmental Psychology Society, University of Surrey.