Dr Aarti Iyer


Aarti Iyer is a Reader in Social and Health Psychology and the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychology.

Aarti’s research investigates how status differences between social groups have been institutionalized to create systems of inequality and explores responses to such status hierarchies from three perspectives:

  • Investigating the antecedents of individuals’ efforts to challenge inequality and injustice, for instance through political activism and support for government policy
  • Improving organisations’ efforts to achieve social equality through affirmative action and equal opportunity programs
  • Understanding how social identity processes shape disadvantaged group members’ efforts to navigate novel social contexts, with implications for acculturation strategies, self-views, and academic performance

Research interests