Melanie McGrath

Supervisor: Prof Nicholas Haslam

Although the route to my current PhD studies could best be described as ‘circuitous’, the themes that led me to a doctorate in social psychology have been discernible in all the twists of that meandering path. My undergraduate arts degree (commenced in the year The Ramones, Bjork, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Breeders, and Urge Overkill played the Big Day Out) was typified by explorations of sociology, philosophy, politics and economics. These studies, and my experience of student representation and activism, led to involvement in politics and civic engagement. Throughout my early studies and subsequent roles spanning the private, government, and non-government sectors, I remained fascinated by the interaction between individual and collective processes, and implications for shared social perceptions and inequality. I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to explore these topics in a doctorate on the theorised semantic creep of psychological concepts.