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The road less travelled: what the refugee experience tells us about social identity, change and well-being research

25 February 2020 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
This event is free and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing Tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 19 February

This presentation will share with you why we need to challenge some of the key assumptions from western-centric psychology, the risks of applying theories that have rarely been road tested in the real world, and the impact we - as researchers or consultants - have when we get involved.

Susan Ballentyne from Sussex University will outline her research approach which uses a method of narrative interviewing and ‘talking stones’.

This allows people to share stories in ways that yield psychologically rich data whilst also empowering those we participate with.

The presentation will then end with a few reflections on how, as an independent psychologist, Susan is taking this work into the corporate & public sector to explore social identity more generally in the workplace.

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Platform 9 
Tower Point (next to NCP car park) 
North Road

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Susie Ballentyne, Doctoral Researcher, Sussex University

In this talk I will be taking you on a journey that starts in a favela in Brazil and ends up in Sussex. As part of my doctoral research I’ve spent the last three years finding ways to explore the question: what does social identity tell us about change, resilience & well-being? By working with a number of Syrian refugees in Brazil, along with interviews with members of the UNHCR and refugee support workers, I’ve been exploring how identity changes in post-migration life.

This is a free event for Society members and the general public.

Registration information

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