Linda Tropp has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship at the University of Sussex (UK) in 2023. This visiting professorship is "for UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students."
The overall objective of the visit is to develop the public engagement capacities of researchers at University of Sussex, as well as that of academic beneficiaries from collaborative networks at other universities in the UK. Within this overall objective, a key aim is to develop the capacity of early career researchers. The objectives will be achieved through developing in our researchers new understandings, skills and expertise in the communication and translation of scientific research to diverse (non-academic) audiences, including policymakers, journalists, practitioners, community-based organizations, and members of the broader public. Professor Linda Tropp, who is a world-leading social psychologist specialising in understanding and improving intergroup relations, has developed a new model for public engagement and translation of research. Professor Tropp will provide a programme of activities based on her unique experience of and expertise in public engagement, outreach and advocacy. Her programme of public engagement grew from her research work on improving relations between social groups but covers broad issues and common skills that can be applied to a wide range of topics in psychology and social science more broadly.