Staff profile

staff list   Back Dr. Masi Noor

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer
  • Dept: Psychology, Politics and Sociology
  • Tel: 01227 767700 ext 3915
  • Campus: Canterbury

Profile summary

I am a senior Lecturer in social psychology at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK.

Postdoctoral position: Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University, London (2006-2007)

PhD in Social Psychology of intergroup conflict: Department of Psychology, University of Sussex, UK.

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (First Class), Department of Psychology, University of Ulster, UK.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am a social psychologist and my work focuses on intergroup relations including the dynamics of conflict, cooperation, and help between groups. For instance, why do conflicting groups sometimes engage in competition over their victimhood following violent conflicts? How do people of one group decide which, of many, needy groups to donate their money to following humanitarian disasters? I have also studied the role of intergroup relations between smokers and nonsmokers in forming quitting intentions and I am developing a model to account for the quality of intergroup interactions between the physically disabled and non-disabled. Many of these intergroup dynamics depend on trust and thus I have also been examining how people recognize behavioural patterns of trust across interpersonal or organizational settings. All of this work is aimed at promoting more harmonious intergroup relations and transforming violent or counterproductive conflict.

PhD supervision:

Caroline Wood (2008-2011)

Mark Carew (2010 -ongoing)


NEW: The Forgiveness Toolbox:

In collaboration with the Forgiveness Project (


The idea of a toolbox underlines the notion that forgiveness does not happen in mysterious ways. Instead, it reinforces the notion that the practice of forgiveness can be learnt by acquiring a set of skills which are based on the actual experiences of individuals. Thus, in the present tool-box we aim to identify a range of skills involved in forgiveness, and by doing so we hope that more light is shed on the concept itself. What is special about the present skills is that they were extracted from real life stories of victims and perpetrators who have struggled with trauma, loss, resentment and even thoughts of revenge. The skills have transformed these individuals to act in ways that have allowed them to discover and embrace “the gift in the wound”.

BBC World Service Interview:

Teaching and subject expertise

Advanced module: Applied Social Psychology of Intergroup Conflict

Advanced module: Psychology in Critical Perspective

Publications and research outputs

  • Shnabel, N., Halabi, S., & Noor, M. (2013). Overcoming competitive victimhood and facilitating forgiveness through re-categorization into a common victim and perpetrator identity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 867-877.
  • Noor, M., Shnabel, N., Halabi, S., & Nadler, A. (2012). When suffering begets suffering: The psychology of competitive victimhood between adversarial groups in violent conflicts. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 351-374.
  • Zagefka, H., Noor, M., & Brown, R. (in press). Familiarity breeds compassion: knowledge of disaster areas and willingness to donate money to the disaster victims. Applied Psychology: An International Review.
  • Zagefka, H., Noor, M., & Brown, R. (in press). Eliciting donations to disaster victims: Psychological considerations. Asian Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Kosic, A., Noor, M., & Mannetti, L. (2011). The propensity toward reconciliation among young people in Northern Ireland and Croatia: The role of conflict management styles within the family, Group Process Intergroup Relations, Aug, 1-17.
  • Zagefka, H., Noor, M., Brown, R., Randsley de Moura, G. & Hopthrow, T. (2011). Donating to disasters victims: Responses to natural and humanly caused events. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 353-363.
  • Noor, M., Brown, R., Taggart, L., Fernandez, A. & Coen, S. (2010). Intergroup identity perceptions and their implications for intergroup forgiveness: The Common Ingroup Identity Model and its efficacy in the field. Irish Journal of Psychology, 31, 151-170.
  • Noor, M., Brown, J. R & Prentice, G. (2008). Precursors and mediators of intergroup reconciliation in Northern Ireland: a new model. Journal of British Social Psychology, 47, 481 – 495.
  • Noor, M., Brown, J. R., Gonzalez, R, Manzi, J & Lewis, C. A. (2008). On positive psychological outcomes; what helps groups with a history of conflict to forgive and reconcile with each other? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 819 – 832.