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Dr Clifford Stevenson

Stevenson, Clifford Senior Lecturer



Room 03.536, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 4545


I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Lancaster in 2004. I subsequently took up postdoctoral fellowships at Lancaster University and Queen's University Belfast before undertaking a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's (2005-2006).

I was appointed as Lecturer at the School of Psychology at Queen's in 2006 before moving to the University of Limerick in August 2007 to assist the set-up of a new department of Social Psychology. In 2011 I was awarded a Visiting Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Foundation, undertaken at the University of Winchester and in 2012 I returned to QUB to take up a Senior Lectureship.

School of Psychology Administrative Roles

  • Postgraduate Research Tutor
  • Module Co-ordinator PSY2056 Research Methods and Statistics

I teach on the following modules (* indicates that I am also the coordinator for the module):

  • Research Methods and Statistics (PSY2056)*
  • Applying Political Psychology to Current Social Issues (PSY7056)
  • Theoretical Perspectives and Focal Issues in Psychology (PSY 7054)
  • Research Design and Professional Skills (PSY7051)

Member of the Identities, Groups and Social Change Cluster

I am a social psychologist interested in applying qualitative and quantitative methods to the understanding of how social identities are understood and enacted by group members within their broader societal context. My research spans the study of: groups and citizenship; displays of national identity in interaction; community identity, stigmatisation and resilience; collective participation and crowd behaviour.

My recent grants include:

British Psychological Society Seminar Series Award (2012-13: £3,000; £6k matched funding University of Winchester) The New Social Psychology of Citizenship. PI: Dr Clifford Stevenson, QUB; CIs: Prof John Dixon, Open University; Dr Nick Hopkins, Dundee;  Prof Evanthia Lyons, QUB; Dr Russell Luyt, University of Winchester.  

Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (2009-2010: €97000). Revitalising Communities: A framework for assessing social change. PI: Dr Clifford Stevenson, Limerick; CI: Prof Orla Muldoon, Limerick; Dr Eileen Humphreys, Limerick; Dr Ann McPhail, Limerick.

Economic and Social Research Council (2009-2012: £444,000). Collective participation and social identification: A study of the individual, interpersonal and collective dimensions of attendance at the Magh Mela. PI: Dr Nick Hopkins, Dundee; CIs: Prof Steve Reicher, St Andrews; Dr Mark Levine, Lancaster; Dr Gozde Ozakinci, St Andrews. Consultant: Dr Clifford Stevenson, Limerick.

ESRC/IRCHSS bilateral programme (2008-2010: £440,000). Embodying the Imagined Community: The role of collective participation in the transformation of Irish identities.PIs: Dr Dominic Bryan, QUB Prof Orla Muldoon, Limerick; CIs: Prof Steve Reicher, St Andrews, Dr Clifford Stevenson, Limerick.

Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister Northern Ireland (2006-2010: £175,000). Flagging identities: the display and regulation of political symbols in Northern Ireland. PI: Dr Dominic Bryan, QUB; CI: Dr Clifford Stevenson, Limerick.

Joyce, C., Stevenson, C. & Muldoon, O. (Article first published online: 16 APR 2012). Claiming and displaying national identity: Irish Travellers' and students' strategic use of 'banal' and 'hot' national identity in talk. British Journal of Social Psychology.

Burns, M. & Stevenson, C. (Article first published online: 12 OCT 2011). Deconstructing National Leadership: Irish politicians’ accounts of electoral success and failure in the Lisbon Treaty Referenda. British Journal of Social Psychology

Stevenson C. & Abell, J. (2011) Enacting National Concerns: Accounts of the 2002 Golden Jubilee. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 124–137.

Abell J. & Stevenson, C. (2011) Defending the Faith(s)?:  Democracy and hereditary right in representing the national community in England. Political Psychology, 38 (3), 485-504.

Mc Namara, N., Muldoon, O., Stevenson, C. & Slattery, E. (2011) Citizenship Attributes as the Basis for Intergroup Differentiation: Implicit and Explicit Intergroup Evaluations. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21, 2, 243-254.  

Stevenson, C. & Muldoon, O. (2010) Socio-political context and accounts of national identity in adolescence. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49 (3), 583-599.

Stevenson C. & Manning, R. (2010) National Identity and International Giving: Irish adults’ accounts of charitable behaviour. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 20 (4), 249-261.

Bryan, D. & Stevenson, C. (2009) Flagging Peace: Struggles over Symbolic Landscape in the New Northern Ireland. In H. M. Ross (Ed) Culture and Belonging in Divided Societies. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Abell, J., Locke, A., Condor, S., Gibson, S., Stevenson, C. (2008). Trying similarity, doing difference: The role of interviewer self-disclosure in interview talk. In N. Fielding (Ed) Interviewing II. Sage: London.

Abell, J., Condor, S., Lowe, R., Gibson, S. & Stevenson, C. (2007). 'Who Ate All the Pride?': Patriotic Sentiment and English National Football Support. Nations and Nationalism, 13 (1), 97-116.

Stevenson, C., Condor, S, & Abell, J. (2007). The majority-minority conundrum in Northern Ireland: An Orange Order perspective. Political Psychology, 28(1), 107-125.

Stevenson, C. Doherty, G., Barnett J., Muldoon, O. T., & TrewK. (2007). Adolescents' views of food and eating: identifying barriers to healthy eating. Journal of Adolescence, 30, 417-434.

Condor, S., Abell, J., Figgou, L., Gibson, S. & Stevenson, C. (2006).'They're not racist, but...' Prejudice denial, mitigation and suppression in dialogue. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 3, 441-462.

Abell, J., Condor, S., & Stevenson, C.(2006). 'We are an Island': Geographical imagery and dilemmas of British identity in Scotland and in England. Political Psychology, 27, 191-217.

Abell, J., Locke, A., Condor, S., Gibson, S., & Stevenson, C. (2006). Trying similarity, doing difference: The role of interviewer self-disclosure in interview talk with young people. Qualitative Research, 6, 221-244.

Maunsell, C., Smith H.V. & Stevenson, C. (2000). What happens in court? The development of understanding of the legal system in a sample of Irish children and adults. Irish Journal of Psychology, 21, (3-4), 215-226.