7th Annual Weight Stigma Conference


FYI. Independent Social Research Foundation Early Career Fellowship Competition


ISRF Early Career Fellowship Competition (ECF5)

The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.

The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2020. Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply.

The award is intended to enable a scholar at the early-career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £50,000* per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.

The applicant should normally hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research, and be within 10 years of PhD award. Career breaks may be taken into account.

*Applicants based in the UK must apply in GBP (£), up to the limit of £50,000. All other applicants must apply in EUR (€), up to a limit to be fixed – and stated on the relevant page of the ISRF Website – on 1st January 2019. The EUR (€) limit will not subsequently be adjusted in the event of GBP/EUR currency fluctuations.

Launch: 7th January 2019
Deadline: 15th February 2019

More info: http://www.isrf.org/funding-opportunities/grant-competitions/ecf5/

FYI. PhD studentships at Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health, University of Exeter, UK


Up to 7 PhD studentships (fees + stipend, 3 years duration) available in 2019 for research on health, environment and wellbeing. The Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health opened in April 2017 with a £4.1m research grant from the Wellcome Trust and match-funding from the University of Exeter. The Centre builds on successful research clusters across the University and on the University’s Humanities and Social Science Strategy. Transdisciplinary and international in its approach, and with a commitment to engaged research, the Centre brings together leading scholars across the medical humanities, social sciences, and health research with the aim of understanding how we can enable health and well-being across the life course.

The Centre welcomes applications from those with traditional academic backgrounds and/or those with work or lived experience that provides the necessary and relevant expertise in the research area. The Centre welcomes applications from individuals of all nationalities.

More info: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=3368

Deadline: Midnight on 7th January 2019.

FYI. 3-yr postdoctoral and PhD positions, Ruhr-University Bochum


Applications are invited for one full-time post-doctoral research position and one doctoral position in Social Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany under incoming department chair Prof Wilhelm Hofmann. Each position will be funded for 3 years.

At Bochum, we study a broad array of topics in social psychology, including self-regulation and self-control, morality, social cognition, relationship research, health behavior decision-making, and behavioral economics. From a methodological perspective, we strive to combine the rigor of experimental research paradigms with the external validity and richness of behavioral data from everyday life (as measured, for instance, with ecological momentary assessment).

Ability to speak German helpful but not essential.

For further details and information on the two positions, please visit: http://www.dgps.de/uploads/tx_powermail/RUB.pdf

Deadline: January 07, 2019.

FYI. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Asst/Assoc Prof) positions x 2


1. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK

Full-time open ended Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology.

The anticipated start date for the position is expected to be July/August 2019.

More info

Deadline: January 17th, 2019


2.  Department of Psychology at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Two probationary tenure-track positions in Social Psychology at the rank of Assistant Professor to commence July 1st, 2019.

The two areas of specialization are as follows:

  • Applied Social Psychology with a focus on intragroup behaviour. Individuals with a focus on Psychology and Law, Sport Psychology, or I/O Psychology are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Community Psychology with a focus on health (including mental health). Candidates who focus on poverty or diversity (especially Indigenous populations) and who use ‘big data’ approaches are especially encouraged to apply.

More info

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on January 8th, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


FYI. FIVE lectureships available at University of Greenwich, UK (short deadlines)


The Psychology team at the University of Greenwich is inviting applications for 5 lectureships in Psychology (equivalent to tenure-track Assistant Professor). We welcome applications from individuals with an interest in any area of Psychology, but would particularly encourage applications from those in areas of Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognition and/or Neuroscience.

The Department has recently re-located in the fantastic and newly refurbished Dreadnought building on the World Heritage site at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. This move, along with the creation of new lab facilities, is part of significant investment in the Department and part of a long-term plan to build internationally leading research and teaching in the Faculty. As part of this investment we are looking to appoint five “rising star” lecturers in Psychology to help grow and develop the Department.

The Department has an active and growing research base. Psychology performed well in REF2014. Our current performance and continued investment in the discipline will lead to even better performance in REF2021 and beyond. The University is currently rated TEF silver, reflecting our excellent teaching and learning, and we have realistic aspirations to achieve a TEF rating of “gold” in the forthcoming subject TEF.

For informal enquiries please contact the Head of Department, Dr Russell Luyt at r.luyt@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8867.


Please see further details about the job and how to apply here:

With thanks and best wishes
Social Psychology Group, University of Greenwich
Michele Birtel, Sofia Stathi, Rebecca Smith, Jana Uher, Russell Luyt


FYI. Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellowships (Sociology of Health & Illness)

The Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness invites applications for the Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowships. These enable individuals who have recently completed a PhD degree in the field of sociology of health and illness to disseminate the findings of their thesis through publications and presentations, or to develop a new programme of work related to their thesis.

Fellowships are not restricted to UK or EU citizens, but applicants must have been awarded their PhD by a UK university, and must be in their first postdoctoral post but may have up to one year of active postdoctoral experience.

The PhD must have been awarded on the basis of a research thesis. Applicants must be supported by the head of a department of the university as well as a mentor.

Fellowships cover full salary costs for one year, including on-costs, usually at spine point 30, plus £2,500 for research and conference expenses. London weighting is payable where appropriate.

Deadline: 31 Mar 2019

More info

FYI. Two posts in social and organisational psychology at University of Exeter, UK


Two Lecturers/Senior Lecturers/Associate Professors in Social and Organisational Psychology

University of Exeter

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences is looking to make two appointments at either Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Associate Professor Level, in Social and Organisational Psychology. The post holders will contribute to the delivery of education, research,and impact in line with departmental strategy. Both posts are to be recruited on permanent and full time basis and expected to start in September 2019.

The successful candidates will be enthusiastic educators, who are also researchers of international standard and possess an excellent record for their career level. Specific requirements at each level can be read in the Job Description and Person Specification documents available on the University’s website. Please indicate in your application which level of appointment you are considering. We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time or in job-sharing arrangements.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

The closing date for applications is 12 Midnight, Wednesday 2nd January 2019.Interviews are expected to take place in early February 2019.

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post please contact Prof Manuela Barreto (tel: 01392-2674, email: m.barreto@exeter.ac.uk)

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer, an Athena Swan accredited institution and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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CfP: Special issue of Journal of Applied Social Psychology – Current advances in the study of weight stigma: Applied and intersectional lenses


Website link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15591816


We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of Journal of Applied Social Psychology focused on

Current Advances in the Study of Weight Stigma: Applied and Intersectional Lenses

 Information on how and when to submit is below:

Guest Editors

Rachel M. Calogero (Western University, rcaloger@uwo.ca)

Angela Meadows (University of Exeter, drameadows@gmail.com)

 Aims & Scope

Weight stigma is a form of social stigma that primarily targets higher-weight individuals in virtually every domain of daily living. Although the scientific literature has clearly linked experienced and internalized weight stigma to a multitude of negative downstream consequences, negative attitudes and behaviours toward higher-weight individuals because of their size or weight remain normative worldwide. We know very little about the mechanisms underlying why higher-weight bodies are stigmatized in the first place or how weight-based oppression operates in the lives of higher-weight people in a variety of social contexts and a multiplicity of social identity dimensions.

In this special issue, we encourage research that explores enacted, experienced, and/or internalized weight stigma processes in different social contexts, especially those contexts underrepresented in the weight stigma literature (e.g., medical settings, educational settings, leadership and organizational settings, physical activity), and/or provides an intersectional analysis of weight stigma and its consequences. We will consider both single- and multi-study papers. We focus on well-designed experimental, correlational, and longitudinal papers, and qualitative papers that make a significant theoretical advance to the field.

Interested authors should submit a brief abstract (1000-word limit) to Rachel Calogero (rcaloger@uwo.ca) by 01/14/2019. This abstract should specify the purpose of the studies, sample, methods, and preliminary results. Data collection should be completed at time of abstract submission.

Full submissions will be invited by 1/28/2019 and will be due by 4/30/2019. Please direct any inquiries (e.g., about suitability, timeline, etc.) to Rachel Calogero or Angela Meadows. 

Two posts in quantitative social psychology

1. Assistant Professor (lecturer) in Quantitative Social Psychology, Durham, UK

Application deadline: January 2nd, 2019

2. Assistant Professor (lecturer) in Psychological Methods and Statistics


Application deadline: January 27th, 2019


WSC 2019 CHANGE OF DATE: 27-28 June 2019

We’re moving. Just one week into the future though. The 7th Annual International Weight Stigma Conference will be held on June 27-28th, 2019.

We’ll still be at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Make sure you’re signed up on the website to receive notifications of all conference updates.

And the reason? The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), are holding their 2019 annual conference on 21-23rd June in San Diego and we want to go to that one too. For more info about the SPSSI conference, and all the other good work they do, visit https://www.spssi.org/

Hope to see you at both these events.