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Dr Libby Drury

  • Overview



    I joined Birkbeck in 2017 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2021.

    I completed my BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of Kent, as a mature student.  I am also the first in my family to attend university. I am passionate about equality and diversity.

    My research is rooted in the social psychology of prejudice and stereotypes. I examine how prejudice and negative attitudes towards members of minority groups affect outcomes in the workplace. 


    • PhD Psychology, University of Kent, 2017
    • MSc Social and Applied Psychology (Distinction), University of Kent, 2012
    • BSc Psychology (First Class Honours), University of Kent, 2011
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Birkbeck, University of London, 2018

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Chair, School of BEI Ethics Committee
    • Module Convenor Dissertation in BSc Business Psychology
    • Module Convenor Advanced Research Methods
    • Deputy Chair of the Board of Examiners, MSc Organizational Psychology and MSc HRM, University of London International Programme
    • Academic Lead for Equalities and Diversity, Department of Organizational Psychology
    • Member, College Ethics Committee
    • Member, School of BEI Research Committee
    • Member, Professional Development of Educators Committee

    Visiting posts

    • Honorary Research Fellow , University of Kent, 11-2018 to 10-2021

    Professional activities

    Consulting Editor: Journal of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

    Guest Editor: Journal of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations

    Editorial Board: Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology

    Professional memberships

    • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    Honours and awards

    • Shortlist - Outstanding Contribution to Student Experience, Student Union, Birkbeck, University of London, December 2018
    • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Kent, December 2018
    • Social Sciences Faculty Prize , University of Kent, December 2011
    • Janet Miele Prize for Best of Year Research Project, University of Kent, December 2011


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Ageism and ageing
    • Stereotypes and stigma
    • Sexism
    • Prejudice towards minority group members at work
    • Social cognitions
    • Discrimination and bias in selection and assessment processes
    • Intergroup relationships
    • Group processes in the workplace
    • Stereotype threat

    Research overview

    My main lines of research use quantitative and experimental methods in the laboratory, workplace and online to examine the impact of biases, stereotypes and intergroup relations on individual, organisational and social outcomes. Psychological frameworks I use include social identity theory, intergroup contact, stereotype content model and social role theory.

    On a general level, I am interested in equality and diversity issues. My research focuses on prejudice and stereotypes in the workplace, social relationships and negative attitudes towards minority group members, stigma, bias and discrimination.

    I am currently working on three areas of research;

    1. Workplace relationships between younger and older workers and they influence organisational outcomes. 
    2. Age and gender stereotypes in the workplace.
    3. Selection and assessment processes that lead to discrimination and bias.

    Past projects I have worked on include;

    1. Intergenerational relationships and ageism.
    2. Stereotype threat experienced by older adults in everyday life, including the workplace.
    3. Gender role models in the workplace and the psychology underpinning the effects of role models.

    Research Centres and Institutes

    • South East Intergroup Contact Research Group
    • Quantitative Methods Research Group
    • Diversity Research Group
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of my areas of research interest:

    • Prejudice and stereotypes
    • Biases and discrimination
    • Ageing and ageism
    • Female leadership
    • Intergroup relations
    • Selection and assessment
    • Social cognition

    I am currently co-supervising the following doctoral students (in alphabetical order):

    Aly Kelleher - Topic: "Employees’ orientations, levels of job control and workload: A Future Time Perspective on their task perceptions, levels of autonomous motivation, and the persistence in their actions."

    Shireen Walker - Topic "How rude? Understanding whether older, childfree, working women suffer incivilities in the workplace that others do not encounter"

    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni since 2013-14



    Teaching modules

    • Advanced Research Methods (BUOB016H6)
    • Advanced research methods (BUOB016H6)
    • Research Project (BUOB042D7)
    • Research Project (BUOB042D7)
  • Publications




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