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Emma O'Dwyer, Postgraduate Research Student

PhD student Emma O'DwyerContact Details

Email: eodwyer01@qub.ac.uk

Year: 3rd

Project Details

First Supervisor: Evanthia Lyons

Second Supervisor: Chris Cohrs

PhD Title: Social representations of Irish neutrality

Summary of Project: My research is concerned with the content of representations of Irish neutrality and how such representations are tied to national identity. It also investigates which belief systems (e.g. political ideology, religious beliefs, values) and which individual difference variables these social representations are anchored to. It examines the relationship between social representations of neutrality and constructions of Irish national identity, and how people negotiate adherence to the principle of neutrality in the face of perceived violations of other social values and moral principles. I am also interested in activist representations of neutrality, specifically in how dominant or elite representations are resisted. My research utilises mixed-methods – survey-based and qualitative, to fulfil these aims.

Research Cluster: Centre for Research in Political Psychology

Research Interests

Social representations, foreign policy opinion, ideology, international relations, lay thinking

Conferences

  • O'Dwyer, E., Cohrs, J.C. & Lyons, E. (2011, September). The importance of meaning for foreign policy postures: How values and social representations affect support for neutrality. Poster session presented at the School of Psychology Annual Postgraduate Conference, Queen's University, Belfast, 23rd September.
  • O' Dwyer, E., Lyons, E., & Cohrs, J. C. (2011, September). A historical perspective on the social representation of Irish neutrality and its relationship with national identity. In J.H. Liu & E. O' Dwyer (Chairs), Historical representations and their psychological implications. Symposium conducted at the Annual Conference of the Social Psychology Section, British Psychological Society, Cambridge, England, 6-8 September.
  • O' Dwyer, E., Lyons, E., & Cohrs, J. C. (2011, July). Social representations and Irish neutrality: The role of values in anchoring. In E. O'Dwyer (Chair), Social representations of peace and conflict. Symposium conducted at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey, 9-12 July.
  • O' Dwyer, E., Lyons, E., & Cohrs, J. C. (2010, September). Social representations of Irish neutrality. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Social Psychology Section, British Psychological Society, Winchester, England, 7-9 September.