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.

Books

Relative Group Position and Intergroup Attitudes in Russsia

Dr. Anca Minescu
2012
Amsterdam
Ponsen & Looijen
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Book Chapters

Supporting Minority Rights: Inter-Group Determinants and Consequences

Dr. Anca Minescu
2008
Oxford
Hart Publishing
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Are Minority Rights Beneficial for Inter-Ethnic Relations? The Impact of Political Ideologies and Group Position in Russia

Dr. Anca Minescu
2007
Amsterdam
Aksant Academic Publishers.
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

'The More We Stand For - The More We Fight For': Compatibility and Legitimacy in the Effects of Multiple Social Identities

Dr. Anca Minescu
2017
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Support for Separatism in Ethnic Republics of the Russian Federation

Dr. Anca Minescu
2008
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The last acceptable prejudice in Europe? Anti-Gypsyism as the obstacle to Roma inclusion

Dr. Anca Minescu
2020
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Types of Identification and Intergroup Differentiation in the Russian Federation

Dr. Anca Minescu
2008
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Political solidarity through action (and inaction): How international relations changed intracultural perceptions in Ukraine

Dr. Anca Minescu
2017
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Comparing normative influence from proximal and distal groups: beyond family, religious ingroup norms predict children's prejudice towards refugees

Dr. Anca Minescu
2021
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Intergroup Conflict in Russia: Testing the Group Position Model

Dr. Anca Minescu
2011
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"They've conspired against us": Understanding the role of social identification and conspiracy beliefs in justification of ingroup collective behavior

Dr. Anca Minescu
2018
HOBOKEN
WILEY
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Parents' and children's understanding of their own and others' national identity: The importance of including the family in the national group

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Dr. Anca Minescu
2017
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Generality and Specificity in Stereotypes of Out-group Power and Benevolence: Views of Chechens and Jews in the Russian Federation.

Dr. Anca Minescu
2008
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A commentary on 'The effects of identification with a support group on the mental health of people with multiple sclerosis'

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Prof. Stephen Gallagher
Dr. Anca Minescu
2013
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'We fight for a better future for our country': Understanding the Ukrainian Euromaidan movement as the emergence of a social competition strategy

Dr. Anca Minescu
2019
HOBOKEN
WILEY
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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) 17th General Meeting

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Dr. Anca Minescu
2014
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British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Section Annual Conference

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Dr. Anca Minescu
2013
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15th Jena Workshop on 'The puzzle of "me" and "I": Individual and Collective Perspectives on Self and Identity'

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Dr. Anca Minescu
2013
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Final COST action IS1205 conference

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Dr. Anca Minescu
2016
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Final COST action IS1205 conference

Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Dr. Anca Minescu
2016
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Published Reports

Themes, resources and effects of political discourses about the Traveller and Roma communities: country-specific analysis in Ireland. PolRom Project Workpackage 3 Report

Dr. Anca Minescu
2020
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Cross-country comparisons of the connection between political discourse, intergroup attitudes, and collective action. PolRom Project, Workpackage 2: Report on Survey results for Ireland

Dr. Anca Minescu
2020
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) Evaluation of Anti-discrimination Interventions Targeting the Links between Political Discourse, Antigypsyism and Collective Action, In Ireland.

Dr. Anca Minescu
2020
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Evaluation of Anti-discrimination Interventions: Focus Groups MEMO in Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. PolRom Project Workpackage 4

Dr. Anca Minescu
2020
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

‘I have not witnessed it personally myself, but…’: Epistemics in managing talk on racism against immigrants in Ireland

Dr. Anca Minescu
2018
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