Summer School


Summer School is an opportunity for young and aspiring graduates to be mentored by international experts in psychology, create a network of like-minded colleagues and friends, experience a research-intensive and interactive school environment and enjoy what the host city has to offer. 

It is a chance to engage in collaborative research, build a research career and learn how to publish.

Summer School Date: 22 - 25 August 2017

Postgraduate students and postdoctoral faculty in social psychology and related fields in psychology and related social sciences are welcome to apply to this specialised research training by international faculty. Participants will be divided into 3 research clusters and will be mentored by an expert in social psychology. They will work together in congenial surroundings that allow plenty of time for discussion and fellowship, as well as a chance to hone research skills. The expected output will be a group research proposal on a topic to be designed and supervised in one of three streams of research (i.e., 1) Professor Sachdev, 2) A/P Jones, or 3) Professor Hodgetts & Dr. Li).

Participants will learn how to design research projects and to receive instruction in how to write journal-ready manuscripts  for publication in the Asian Journal of Social Psychology, the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, and other internationally peer-reviewed journals.

To apply for the Summer School, email the following to (Deadline Feb 28, 2017)

1) a letter of recommendation from your supervisor (if a student) or a more senior colleague (if you are a faculty member already),
2) a CV (curriculum vitae, with all of the information about your qualifications, publications, institutional affillitation and contacts details
3) A rank order of preference for the 3 Summer School research streams.


USD $175 - Students from economically developed countries.

USD $100 - Students from economically developing countries.

NZD $200 - Students from New Zealand

Students who wish to stay in marae style (communal sleeping) accommodation may do so at no additional cost, otherwise students must organise accommodation at their own cost.

Research Streams

Research Stream 1: Prof Itesh Sachdev
Vitality of Urban Multilingualism

Living in hyperdiverse, globalised contexts has led to an increase in multilingual living (including translanguaging) under a variety of different national and local policies and contexts.  It provides interesting challenges and opportunities for intercultural communication, social cohesion and education. The Vitality of Urban Multilingualism (VUM, Sachdev & Cartwright, 2016) is defined as the degree to which societal multilingualism and individual plurilingualism are able to thrive and flourish in an urban conglomeration. It refers to a consideration of three main contributing factors: the demography, status  and institutional support (& control) of/for  multilingualism & plurilingualism. VUM has been relatively neglected or not studied systematically enough.  It is proposed that we collect data of various kinds to assess VUM and its impact (see methods below).

Possible Research Questions

Q1. What is the ‘vitality of urban multilingualism’  (VUM) in different  cities/towns)?

Q2.  What are attitudes to multilingualism and plurilingualism in these places and how do VUM and attitudes to multilingualism relate to each other?

Q3. How is VUM reflected in educational contexts through teachers attitudes, through classroom practice and school policies? Specifically, what are the perceptions & practices of teachers, parents, students, educational administrators concerning VUM in their communities and in school? Need to include intercultural sensitivity/cultural awareness & policy questions.

Possible Methods:

  • Official and unofficial statistics and policies (‘book’ research), incl previous research
  • Interviews with official and unofficial bodies/individuals
  • Questionnaire/surveys on attitudes including a research design that ‘controls’ for effect of language of questionnaire
  • Study of Linguistic Landscapes
  • A multilingual day... including some possible street studies

Itesh Sachdev was born in Kenya and raised as a multilingual vegetarian. Following primary and mid-secondary education in Kenya, he migrated to the UK to complete his secondary education.  He then read Psychology at the University of Bristol (UK), followed by doctoral research in Social Psychology at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada). His professional academic career began at the Department of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College (University of London, UK), where he also served as department head and Head of School of Languages, Linguistics & Culture.  He then moved to the School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London) as Professor of Language and Communication and Director of the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in 'Languages of the Wider World'. He has also served as President of the British Association for Canadian Studies and of the International Association for Language and Social Psychology. He has conducted research in the social psychology of language and intergroup relations with various ethnolinguistic groups including those in/from Bolivia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia and the UK. He holds the Fritz Karsen Chair at Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany) at the moment, and is also Emeritus Professor of Language and Communication at SOAS (Univ of London. UK).  His current research focusses on issues of urban multilingualism and multiculturalism.


Research Stream 2: Associate Professor Liz Jones
Health Communication

Communication is regarded as an essential part of providing patient-centred care and is associated with a range of positive outcomes for patients including patient and family satisfaction, compliance with treatment, improved clinical outcomes, and enhanced prevention (Ruben, 2016).  While there has been much focus on communication skills deficits as the explanation for poor communication by health professionals (Wright, Sparks, & O'Hair, 2008), there has been growing interest in how an intergroup perspective may increase our understanding of the underlying causes of ineffective health communication (Watson, Gallois, Hewett, & Jones, 2012). An intergroup approach may particularly help address the more problematic communication with health professionals and poorer outcomes for patients from minority or non-dominant groups.  We will examine some key methodological approaches social psychologists have used to research health communication.  Students will then choose a particular non-dominant group to focus on in their research project.


Liz Jones, PhD (Uni of Qld), is an Associate Professor and Director of Organisational Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University.  Her research interests are in an intergroup approach to health and organisational communication, and she has used Communication Accommodation Theory in a number of her studies.  She is interested in both health practitioner-patient communication and interprofessional practice, with a particular interest in giving voice to those from non-dominant groups.  She also studies communication during organisational change.  She has a strong interest in the translation of research for communication skills training and improvements in healthcare delivery, as well as students undertaking work placements.  She has been on the IALSP Executive since 2006 and is currently President-Elect.  She was previously Chair of the Intergroup Communication Interest group for International Communication Association.  She also co-chaired the Health Communication taskforce for IALSP.  


Research Stream 3: Prof Darrin Hodgetts (Massey) and Dr. Wendy Li (James Cook)

Professor Darrin Hodgetts is a social psychologist who has held academic posts at Massey University, Memorial University (Canada), The London School of Economics (UK) and the University of Waikato. Darrin has published over 100 peer reviewed articles in international scholarly journals that span psychology (community, social and health), public health, urban studies, sociology, human geography and media and communications. He has also published five edited books and 1 co-authored book (The Social Psychology of Everyday Life). The working title for his current book project is 'Urban Poverty, Inequality & Health'. In terms of practice, Darrin has worked extensively in the social and health service sector in partnership with leading Non-Government Organizations


Wendy LiDr Wendy Li is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University, Australia. Prior to her current appointment she was a Teaching Fellow in School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, a Counsellor at the Asian Services of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, and a Senior Lecturer at Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China. Dr Li is currently a Research Fellow of The Cairns Institute, JCU; an Associate of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building; a research associate with School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, New Zealand; and a Senior Research Consultant for Verité (a US-owned NGO) of the China Office. Dr Li has an extensive research experience and led projects in Australia, New Zealand and China in areas of ageing, mental health, intergroup relations and discrimination, migration and refugee, and problem gambling and substance abuse.


Specific topics for both of these presenters is to be determined.



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