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Dr. Anca Minescu

Biography

Dr. Anca Minescu obtained her MSc degree in the Research Master on Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism, and her doctoral degree at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Her doctoral research took place at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) and at European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations.
In 2007, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, at the Survey Research Center, and in 2008 she went to the University of Sussex, Department of Psychology for an internship.
At the Graduate School of the Faculty of Social Sciences in Utrecht, she coordinated several workshops, international events and student exchanges, within the Trans-Atlantic Student Mobility Project in "Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies" (EU-FIPSE).


She joined the In the Department of Psychology, at UL on the 1st of January 2010.

Most recently, Dr. Minescu engaged with Bright Club Ireland to disseminate her research through comedy:
First in 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN_UwiP2mPo
And in 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKV06P8C8Lo

She set up and runs the Migration and Integration Research Lab Group, meeting every Tuesday from 4-5 pm (please email Sanctuary.Psychology@ul.ie if you would like to join).


Dr. Anca Minescu is the local academic coordinator for Erasmus Mundus Master in Psychology of Global Mobility, Inclusion and Diversity in Society Global-MINDS.

In June 2019,forward to participate in the Wisdom Together Conference Engage, connect and create – from the Inner Core!, Munich, Germany.


Since UL's designation as a University of Sanctuary, Dr. Minescu led the development of the Sanctuary with Psychology Project. In March 2018, a trained group of volunteers started a range of activities providing social-psychological support for migrant groups, relevant training in intercultural competence and other related topics to those working with migrant communities, and linking our research activity with relevant stakeholders and policy makers. The current focus is also on creating an online source of documentation and awareness around issues of diversity, migration and inclusion.
Follow the Sanctuary with Psychology Project on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SanctuarywithPsychology/
Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/sanctuary-with-psychology-project
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sanctuary_ul/
Email: Sanctuary.Psychology@ul.ie

Research Interests

Dr. Anca Minescu works in the broad field of ethnic relations, looking at people's attitudes and interactions with members from different ethnic or political groups. She researches social and political change, migration, diversity and inclusion from a social-psychological and cross-cultural perspective, using different research methodologies to capture the interaction between social context and individuals. She wants to contribute to a better world by increasing intercultural competence and acceptance of diversity and reducing prejudice and marginalization.

Dr. Minescu's main lines of research are:

  1. Cultural diversity and group-based prejudice. This covers a range of attitudes: from group stereotypes, to support for minority rights, and intercultural sensitivity and competence. Using a multiple group and multilevel approach, she investigates the effects of group power and relative status on individuals' intergroup attitudes and political goals.
  2. Group identities: What is it, how people construct their group identities and how the groups they belong to shape their worldviews. In particular, she researches the content of ethnic, national and other political identities (e.g., European, Asylum Seeker), the processes of identification and identity building with these groups. Group identities reflect complex interactions between social structure, national/political ideologies and the individuals involved.
  3. Political action and the sense of group position: Social and political changes in our societies are based on group mobilization and collective action. She is interested in the social-psychological processes that underlie engagement in political action, on behalf of groups and communities. The types and meanings of group identities and their effects on people's engagement with their ingroups and exclusion of outgroups are key processes in how we position ourselves in our societies and how we may participate in changing it.

Publications

Books

2012

Relative Group Position and Intergroup Attitudes in Russsia
Minescu, A.
(2012) Relative Group Position and Intergroup Attitudes in Russsia
Amsterdam : Ponsen & Looijen

Book Chapters

2008

Supporting Minority Rights: Inter-Group Determinants and Consequences
Minescu, A.
(2008) Supporting Minority Rights: Inter-Group Determinants and Consequences
In The Tension between Group Rights and Human Rights. A Multidisciplinary Approach; Oxford : Hart Publishing

2007

Are Minority Rights Beneficial for Inter-Ethnic Relations? The Impact of Political Ideologies and Group Position in Russia
Minescu, A.
(2007) Are Minority Rights Beneficial for Inter-Ethnic Relations? The Impact of Political Ideologies and Group Position in Russia
In Culture and Conflict. Liber Amicorum for Louk Hagendoorn; Amsterdam : Aksant Academic Publishers.

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

Comparing normative influence from proximal and distal groups: beyond family, religious ingroup norms predict children's prejudice towards refugees
Smith, E. & Minescu, A
(2021) Comparing normative influence from proximal and distal groups: beyond family, religious ingroup norms predict children's prejudice towards refugees
In International Journal Of Intercultural Relations; pp. 54-67
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2020.12.010

2020

The last acceptable prejudice in Europe? Anti-Gypsyism as the obstacle to Roma inclusion
Kende A.;Hadarics M.;Bigazzi S.;Boza M.;Kunst J.R.;Lantos N.A.;Lášticová B.;Minescu A.;Pivetti M.;Urbiola A.
(2020) The last acceptable prejudice in Europe? Anti-Gypsyism as the obstacle to Roma inclusion
In Group Processes & Intergroup Relations;
DOI: 10.1177/1368430220907701

2019

'We fight for a better future for our country': Understanding the Ukrainian Euromaidan movement as the emergence of a social competition strategy
Chayinska, M;Minescu, A;McGarty, C
(2019) 'We fight for a better future for our country': Understanding the Ukrainian Euromaidan movement as the emergence of a social competition strategy
In British Journal Of Social Psychology; HOBOKEN : WILEY pp. 45-65
DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12283

2018

"They've conspired against us": Understanding the role of social identification and conspiracy beliefs in justification of ingroup collective behavior
Chayinska, M;Minescu, A
(2018) "They've conspired against us": Understanding the role of social identification and conspiracy beliefs in justification of ingroup collective behavior
In European Journal Of Social Psychology; HOBOKEN : WILEY pp. 990-998
DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2511
[ULIR]

2017

Parents' and children's understanding of their own and others' national identity: The importance of including the family in the national group
Muldoon, OT,O'Donnell, AT,Minescu, A
(2017) Parents' and children's understanding of their own and others' national identity: The importance of including the family in the national group
In Journal Of Community & Applied Social Psychology; pp. 347-357
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2308

2017

'The More We Stand For - The More We Fight For': Compatibility and Legitimacy in the Effects of Multiple Social Identities
Chayinska, M,Minescu, A,McGarty, C
(2017) 'The More We Stand For - The More We Fight For': Compatibility and Legitimacy in the Effects of Multiple Social Identities
In Frontiers in psychology;
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00642
[ULIR]

2017

Political solidarity through action (and inaction): How international relations changed intracultural perceptions in Ukraine
Chayinska, M,Minescu, A,McGarty, C
(2017) Political solidarity through action (and inaction): How international relations changed intracultural perceptions in Ukraine
In Group Processes & Intergroup Relations; pp. 396-408
DOI: 10.1177/1368430216682354

2013

A commentary on 'The effects of identification with a support group on the mental health of people with multiple sclerosis'
Gallagher, S,O'Donnell, AT,Minescu, A,Muldoon, OT
(2013) A commentary on 'The effects of identification with a support group on the mental health of people with multiple sclerosis'
In Journal Of Psychosomatic Research; pp. 294-294
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.07.004

2011

Intergroup Conflict in Russia: Testing the Group Position Model
Minescu, A; Poppe, E
(2011) Intergroup Conflict in Russia: Testing the Group Position Model
In Social Psychology Quarterly; pp. 166-191
DOI: 10.1177/0190272511408057

2008

Support for Separatism in Ethnic Republics of the Russian Federation
Hagendoorn, L., Poppe, E. & Minescu, A.
(2008) Support for Separatism in Ethnic Republics of the Russian Federation
In Europe-Asia Studies; pp. 353-373

2008

Types of Identification and Intergroup Differentiation in the Russian Federation
Minescu, A., Hagendoorn, L., Poppe, E.
(2008) Types of Identification and Intergroup Differentiation in the Russian Federation
In Journal Of Social Issues; pp. 321-342

2008

Generality and Specificity in Stereotypes of Out-group Power and Benevolence: Views of Chechens and Jews in the Russian Federation.
Leach, C.W., Minescu, A., Poppe, E. & Hagendoorn, L.
(2008) Generality and Specificity in Stereotypes of Out-group Power and Benevolence: Views of Chechens and Jews in the Russian Federation.
In European Journal Of Social Psychology; pp. 1165-1174

Conference Contributions

2016

Final COST action IS1205 conference
O'Donnell, A. T., Muldoon, O. T., & Minescu, A.
(2016) Final COST action IS1205 conference
Limerick

2016

Final COST action IS1205 conference
Muldoon, O. T., O'Donnell, A. T., & Minescu, A.
(2016) Final COST action IS1205 conference
Limerick

2014

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting
Minescu, A., O'Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O.
(2014) European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2013

15th Jena Workshop on 'The puzzle of "me" and "I": Individual and Collective Perspectives on Self and Identity'
Minescu, A., O'Donnell, A., & Muldoon, O.
(2013) 15th Jena Workshop on 'The puzzle of "me" and "I": Individual and Collective Perspectives on Self and Identity'
Oppurg, Germany

2013

British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
Muldoon, O. T., O'Donnell, A. T., & Minescu, A.
(2013) British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference
Exeter, UK

Published Reports

2020

Cross-country comparisons of the connection between political discourse, intergroup attitudes, and collective action. PolRom Project, Workpackage 2: Report on Survey results for Ireland
O'Connor, A., Minescu, A., & Völgyesi, A.
(2020) Cross-country comparisons of the connection between political discourse, intergroup attitudes, and collective action. PolRom Project, Workpackage 2: Report on Survey results for Ireland
https://polrom.eu/ : https://polrom.eu/
[ULIR]

2020

) Evaluation of Anti-discrimination Interventions Targeting the Links between Political Discourse, Antigypsyism and Collective Action, In Ireland.
4. O'Connor, A., Minescu, A., & Völgyesi, A
(2020) ) Evaluation of Anti-discrimination Interventions Targeting the Links between Political Discourse, Antigypsyism and Collective Action, In Ireland.
https://polrom.eu/ : https://polrom.eu/
[ULIR]

2020

Evaluation of Anti-discrimination Interventions: Focus Groups MEMO in Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. PolRom Project Workpackage 4
O'Connor, A. & Minescu, A.
(2020) Evaluation of Anti-discrimination Interventions: Focus Groups MEMO in Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. PolRom Project Workpackage 4
https://polrom.eu/ : https://polrom.eu/
[ULIR]

2020

Themes, resources and effects of political discourses about the Traveller and Roma communities: country-specific analysis in Ireland. PolRom Project Workpackage 3 Report
O'Connor, Völgyesi, A, Minescu, A., Ogoro, M., Zubareva, A.
(2020) Themes, resources and effects of political discourses about the Traveller and Roma communities: country-specific analysis in Ireland. PolRom Project Workpackage 3 Report
https://polrom.eu/ : https://polrom.eu/

Other Publications

2018

‘I have not witnessed it personally myself, but…’: Epistemics in managing talk on racism against immigrants in Ireland
Sambaraju R.;Minescu A.
(2018) ‘I have not witnessed it personally myself, but…’: Epistemics in managing talk on racism against immigrants in Ireland
In European Journal Of Social Psychology;
DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2539
[ULIR]