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He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1978 and then moved to the University of Oxford from which he obtained a D.Phil. in social psychology in 1981. He pursued post-doctoral work at the University of Tübingen, Germany from which he obtained a Habilitation in 1986. He then undertook further work with Serge Moscovici (in Paris) and Wolfgang Stroebe (in Tübingen).
He held chairs in social psychology at the University of Bristol, University of Mannheim, Germany, and Cardiff University before taking up a chair at the University of Oxford where he is also a Fellow of New College. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.
He has published widely in the general field of experimental social psychology. His major topics of research have been: attribution theory, social cognition, social influence, stereotyping and intergroup relations, and intergroup conflict. His current work centres on the reduction of intergroup conflict, via intergroup contact, stereotype change and crossed categorization.
He is a former editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology, and co-founding editor of the European Review of Social Psychology. He is a past recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Spearman Medal (1987), and its Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge (2001).
He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, of the British Academy, and of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. in 2003 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
- Understanding attitudes to the European Community: A social psychological study in four member states (Cambridge University Press)
- Causal attribution: From cognitive processes to collective beliefs (Blackwell, 1989)
- Contact and conflict in intergroup encounters (edited with R. Brown; Blackwell, 1986)
- The Blackwell encyclopedia of social psychology (edited with A.S.R. Manstead, 1995; Blackwell)
- Stereotypes and stereotyping (edited with C.N. Macrae and C. Stangor; Guilford, 1996).
- Miles Hewstone & Wolfgang Stroebe, ed. (2004), Introduction to social psychology: a European perspective (3rd ed.), Massachusetts: Blackwell, ISBN 0-631-20437-7
- Violating sexpectations: studies in the gender binary (Brown, 2017)
- Multiple social categorization: Processes, models, and applications (edited with R. Crisp; Psychology Press, 2006)
- Measures of intergroup contact. In Boyle, Gregory J.; Saklofske, Donald H.; Matthews, Gerald (2015). Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Constructs. San Diego: Academic Press. ISBN 9780123869159.
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- Richissin, Todd (September 13, 2005). "Peace shattered by Belfast unrest ; Protestant parade sparks three nights of violence; After two months of peace, violence returns to Belfast". The Telegraph. p. 1A. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
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