How research is helping to reduce prejudice between people online

The internet often gets a bad rap, and for good reason. Social media use can contribute to poorer mental health in teens. It can also be used to manipulate users’ emotions, and to disseminate misinformation and click bait to sway public opinion.

Despite this, research demonstrates that, when used appropriately, the internet can be a powerful source for social good. When individuals from different groups interact positively and cooperatively online, society may change for the better.

Read more here.


SUPIR partners with the Newcastle-Oxford Research Centre for Conflict and Cohesion (NORCCC)

We’re proud to announce that we are partnering with The Newcastle-Oxford Research Centre for Conflict and Cohesion (NORCCC).

The NORCCC brings together a team of internationally-renowned researchers who study ways to reduce prejudice and discrimination in society and increase a sense of belonging and wellness, with a focus on people who are members of disadvantaged groups.

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Fiona White Receives Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Congratulations to SUPIR Lab director, Professor Fiona White, who, along with her colleagues Professors Daniela Traini and Robyn Overall, were awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the category of Outstanding Mentoring and Leadership for the success of their Strategic Promotion Advice and Mentoring (SPAM) program. The award was presented during the University of Sydney’s Innovation Week. 

The SPAM program continues to play an important role in redressing the significant under-representation of female academics that has persisted at senior levels in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM). The initiative has led to a sevenfold increase in the number of women promoted to Professor in STEMM. Congratulations, Fiona!​

The Australian Marriage Equality Study

Do you identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual?

You are invited to participate in an online study investigating the same-sex marriage debate in Australia. You will be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires about yourself and read an article relating to same-sex marriage. To participate, you must be 18 years or older, an Australian citizen, and identity as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. The entire study will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete and you will be entered into a draw to win one of four gift cards.
If you are interested in participating, please click here 

This research study has been ethics approved by The University of Sydney’s Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number 2017/811)