Research Supervisor Connect

Exploring bi-directional racism and effective reduction strategies


My main research interests concern the development and evaluation of effective racial prejudice reduction strategies for both minority and majority group members. One focus of my curent research is integrating extended contact and dual identity recategorisation strategies to improve intergroup attitudes between Muslim and Catholic high school students who currenlty attend segregated, single-faith schools. This long-term field experiment (six and twelve month post-intervention) is showing very promising results. If found to be successful, this Dual Identity Extended Contact (DIEC) approach will have a direct impact on social policy reformulation and be integrated into the high-school curriculum.


Professor Fiona White.

Research location

School of Psychology

Program type



The majority of racial prejudice research is uni-directional – either measuring majority or minority attitudes towards the outgroup. In reality however, racial prejudice is a complex bi-directional phenomena, and thus both groups of attitudes need to be measured and changed. Overall, bi-directionality creates a further challenge for prejudice reduction, nevertheless effective strategies need to be developed and evaluated.

Additional information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

Want to find out more?

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1083

Other opportunities with Professor Fiona White