Professor Hanna Zagefka

Personal profile

My interests are in social psychology, particularly intergroup relations, social identity (especially national or ethnic identity), acculturation, prejudice, and intergroup helping. I study situations where people’s group identities are important drivers of their thoughts or behaviours, both for the better (e.g. helping members of other groups) and for the worse (e.g. discriminating against others). For example, I have published on how the perceived importance of genetic factors in defining groups affects people’s emotional reactions to intergroup atrocities, and on the relationship between national identification, intergroup contact, and prejudice.

From this broad intergroup perspective, I specialise particularly in two areas:


What ideas do majority members have about the minority’s role in society, and what are the antecedents and consequences of these ideas? I explore this in a wide range of settings both within and outside Europe.


Why do appeals following some humanitarian disasters trigger more generous donations than others? I study this topic in the context of large-scale humanitarian disasters, as well as other types of donation appeals.

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