Staff Profile


Dr Dennis Nigbur

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923838

Profile summary

I first came to Canterbury from Gelsenkirchen, Germany, in 1996. I graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc in Social Psychology in 1999. I conducted my doctoral studies on national identity under the supervision of Dr Marco Cinnirella at Royal Holloway, University of London, and received a PhD in 2004. As a Surrey Scholar post-doctoral researcher, I worked at the University of Surrey on an extensive field study about predictors of kerbside waste recycling, before moving to the University of Sussex as a research fellow on a large longitudinal study of children's acculturation orientations. I took up a lectureship at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2007 and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011. I am currently the Chair of the Faculty Ethics Panel. My teaching responsibilities include social psychology, research methods, and study skills, and my research interests focus on the application of qualitative and quantitative methods to the study of cultural identity and the functioning of cultural groups. An additional facet is the interpretation of sustainability-related action in terms of social processes.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research interests are mostly related to identity, culture, and sustainability. I try to use both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine how groups such as nations, ethnic groups and neighbourhoods work, how people identify with them, and how members adopt (or do not adopt) the symbols, values and behaviours promoted and reproduced by group culture. My work has a strong European focus.

Past and present research projects include the following:

  • content of national identities (symbols, values, and traits) and their sensitivity to national identification and context
  • lived identity: national identity as collective lived experience
  • acculturation orientations and well-being of South Asian and White British primary-school children
  • experiences of acculturation, migration, and multiculturalism
  • links between national identification, acculturation expectations, and rejection of immigrants
  • attitudes, norms and identifications underlying sustainability-related action
  • views and experiences of biodiversity

Teaching and subject expertise

I teach social psychology and research methods (qualitative and quantitative). I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), and the International Academy for Intercultural Relations (IAIR).

Publications and research outputs

  • Brown, R., Baysu, G., Cameron, L., Nigbur, D., Rutland, A., Watters, C., ... Landau, A. (2013). Acculturation attitudes and social adjustment in British South Asian children: A longitudinal study. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(12), 1656-1667. doi:10.1177/0146167213500149
  • Nigbur, D. (2014). Making sense of acculturation: Self-reports and personal experience of international students. Presented at the BPS Social Psychology Section conference, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Nigbur, D., Brown, R., Cameron, L., Hossain, R., Landau, A., Le Touze, D., ... Watters, C. (2008). Acculturation, well-being and classroom behaviour among white British and British Asian primary-school children in the south-east of England: Validating a child-friendly measure of acculturation attitudes. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 32(6), 493–504. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2008.03.001
  • Nigbur, D., & Cinnirella, M. (2007). National identification, type and specificity of comparison, and their effects on descriptions of national character. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37(4), 672–691. doi:10.1002/ejsp.382
  • Nigbur, D., Lyons, E., & Uzzell, D. (2010). Attitudes, norms, identity and environmental behaviour: Using an expanded theory of planned behaviour to predict participation in a kerbside recycling programme. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49(2), 259–284. doi:10.1348/014466609X449395
  • Rutland, A., Cameron, L., Jugert, P., Nigbur, D., Brown, R., Watters, C., ... Le Touze, D. (2012). Group identity and peer relations: A longitudinal study of group identity, perceived peer acceptance and friendships amongst ethnic minority English children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 30(2), 283–302. doi:10.1111/j.2044-835X.2011.02040.x
  • Zagefka, H., & Nigbur, D. (2009). Akkulturation und Integration ethnischer Gruppen. In A. Beelmann & K. J. Jonas (eds.), Diskriminierung und Toleranz: Psychologische Grundlagen und Anwendungsperspektiven (pp. 173–192). Wiesbaden, Germany: VS Verlag.
  • Zagefka, H., Nigbur, D., Gonzalez, R., & Tip, L. (2013). Why does ingroup essentialism increase prejudice against minority members? International Journal of Psychology, 48(1), 60–68. doi:10.1080/00207594.2012.729841

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