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Meet the team

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We work with academics, teachers, and educators from across the world, some of whom you can see in the photo above. Below are our core team members based at the University of Sussex.

Dr Matthew J. Easterbrook

Matt Easterbrook is a Reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex and directs INPSYED.  He conducts and supervises research that uses social psychological insights to help understand and decrease educational inequalities. 

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Dr Ian Hadden

Ian Hadden focuses on transferring the group's academic research into real-world practice in schools to help them reduce educational inequalities. He previously held senior project roles helping large organisations deliver operational change programmes.

Mr Lewis Doyle

Lewis Doyle is a doctoral student researching how social psychological processes contribute to educational outcomes and  prejudice.  He worked closely with Matt on the homeschooling project.

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Dr Kerry Fox

Kerry Fox worked with Matt Easterbrook to implement a psychological intervention to reduce the social class attainment gap.  She is now a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton.

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Professor Karen Phalet

Karen Phalet is a professor at the Psychology Department of K.U. Leuven, Belgium.   She is an international expert on social psychological processes contributing to educational inequality.

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Professor Peter Harris

Pete Harris is a professor of psychology specialising in self-affirmation; which has been developed into an intervention that can increase the educational attainment of poorly performing groups.

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Professor Robin Banerjee

Robin Banerjee is head of the School of Psychology and a professor of developmental psychology.  He works closely with schools to research and safeguard students' social and emotional development.

Dr Vlad Grozev

Vlad Grozev is a doctoral student researching the impact of working while studying in higher education. He worked closely with Matt on the homeschooling project.

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External partners

We also have collaborators and partners at the following organisations:

  • Realising Opportunities, UK

  • Homewood school and sixth form, Kent, UK.

  • KU Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Belgium

  • University of Twente, Netherlands

  • University of Brighton, UK

  • University of Gdańsk, Poland

  • ODiTK Educational Foundation, Poland

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