ARC Discovery Project funding success
Dr Stefania Paolini has been awarded more than $293,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2015 for her research project Developing a Approaching the Outgroup Unlocks Intergroup Contact's Benefits for Society.
About the project
Extensive research on group desegregation shows that intergroup contact (face-to-face interactions between people of opposing groups) should be encouraged for harmonious group relations; such contact maximises social integration, self-esteem, health, and productivity. However, these benefits are often missed as people actively avoid intergroup contact. This research introduces a theoretically-and empirically-grounded typology of contact approach-avoidance that aims to: identify personal and situational determinants driving out-group approach in natural settings; delineate outcomes of out-group approach for psychological processes critical to intergroup relations; and, indicate new interventions for encouraging intergroup contact.