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Megan Vine



MA (Conversion) Psychology, University of Limerick (1.1)

MA Applied Drama: Theatre in Educational, Community and Social Contexts, Goldsmiths University of London (Distinction)

B.Sc. Drama and Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol (2.1)

Research interests

Inter-group contact, acculturation, social identity, intersectionality, attitudes, prejudice, ecological factors that impact well-being

Project Supervisors

Dr Ronni Greenwood, Dr Anca Minescu

Project Title

Community integration initiatives for displaced people and host communities in Ireland: Effects of intergroup contact on acculturation, outgroup attitudes, and well-being 

Project Description

In Ireland, asylum seekers are accommodated in ‘Direct Provision’ (DP) centres.  In DP centres, residents experience poor quality food, lack of privacy and disempowering regulations. In the broader Irish society, displaced people experience negative stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Together, these conditions function to block the government’s goal to integrate ‘migrants’ into Irish society.

Across Ireland, communities have responded to the isolation, disempowerment, and discrimination displaced people [i]experience with grassroots community integration initiatives. These initiatives aim to improve integration of ‘displaced’ people and ‘host’ community members through shared activity and inter-cultural events. However, it remains to be determined how, and to what extent, these programmes achieve their aims. The proposed research will investigate the effects of community integration initiatives on acculturation, outgroup attitudes, and wellbeing, with a view to influencing policy and practice in community integration that develops intercultural sensitivity and includes host communities.

WP-1: A qualitative interview study with 20 participants of ‘Melting Pot Luck’ will investigate how ‘host’ (majority) and ‘displaced’ (minority) participants experience community integration initiatives.

WP-2: A participatory action research (PAR) study using PhotoVoice with participants of three community integration initiatives. Themes from WP-1 will be used as stimulus for photography with the aim to identify the key features of inter-group contact that are related to positive outcomes.

WP- 3: A cross-sectional study to test a model of the relationships between the features of intergroup contact found in WP-2 and the social psychological impacts of intergroup contact. Findings from WP-1 and WP-2 will be used to compile a quantitative questionnaire assess the correlations between key features of contact and acculturation, outgroup attitudes, and wellbeing.

Awards and Honours

  • Awarded “Best Academic Performance (QCA) in MA Psychology 2017, UL
  • Awarded “Outstanding Major Research Project in MA Psychology 2017, UL
  • Education and Health Sciences SPhD Support Funding 2018 to attend the BPS Community Psychology festival, 2018, Hertford and the SCRA Biennial conference, 2019 Chicago

Presentations / Conferences 

  • The Melting Pot Luck: Community Approaches to Integration in Ireland, Community Psychology Festival, Hertford, UK, September 23 2018
  • Vine, M; Butler, A; Kenny, C; Walsh, E; Donnelan, S. (6 March 2017). The Psychological Wellbeing of Families living in Direct Provision in Ireland. Poster presented at “Building Bridges Between Backyards: A Cross National Community Psychology Festival”, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.


Tutor and Teaching Assistant, Psychology Department, University of Limerick

  • Undergraduate Modules: Psychology and Everyday Life (PS4031, Empirical Psychology II (PS4034),
  • Postgraduate Modules: Qualitative Research Methods (PS6022) 

Subject specific Tutor in Psychology, Educational Support Services, NUI Galway

  • 1:1 academic support for Psychology students registered with Disability Support Services at NUIG


  • Research in Identities, Settings and Contexts Lab, University of Limerick, led by Dr Ronni Greenwood
  • Health Hub Sanctuary Project research group, University of Limerick, led by Dr Anca Minescu
  • Society for Community Research and Action
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Course: Structured Ph.D.

Role: PhD Student